Bernice Emil, 95, Minot, and formerly of rural Ruso, died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Kathryn Bernice Butler was born on April 23, 1918, in Velva, to William and Lila (Wasson) Butler. She was reared and educated in the Sawyer-Velva area and graduated from Velva High School in 1935. She continued her education at a telegraph school and became employed as a telegrapher and depot agent for the Empire Builder/Great Northern Railroad in North Dakota and Montana.
Bernice married Alfred Emil on Oct. 12, 1952, at Greatstone Baptist Church near Ruso. They made their home on the Emil family farm in Greatstone Township of McLean County, near Ruso. They raised small grains and were dairy farmers.
Bernice and Al moved to Minot in 2003 but had spent the winter months for 23 years in Apache Junction, Ariz. Al died on May 14, 2005. Bernice had continued to make her home at Edgewood Vista prior to residing at Trinity Homes, both in Minot.
Bernice was a former member of Greatstone Baptist Church, rural Ruso, and was presently a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot. Also, she was a former member of the 4-Way Homemakers Club and especially enjoyed traveling, crocheting, card playing, sewing and knitting.
Bernice is survived by: her grandchildren, Lauri Anderson, of Aspen, Colo., Kelli Williams, of Phoenix, and Richard Anderson, of Laughlin, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Sean Williams, Joshua Anderson and Jolene Anderson-Steele; great-great-granddaughter, Alayna Steele; special niece and caretaker, Lila Striefel, of Minot.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Ruth Thompson and Betty Lorenz; and daughter, Dorothy Kenady-Pirkl.
Celebration of the Life of Bernice Emil: Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11 a.m., in Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot.
Interment: Greatstone Baptist Cemetery, rural Ruso.
Visitation: Wednesday, April 23, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to the Greatstone Baptist Cemetery, rural Ruso.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).