Friends may gather to celebrate the life of Bernice A. Shively on Tuesday, April 4, 2000, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to the 10 a.m. services in the Plymouth Church of the Brethren, 1130 N. Michigan St., on Wednesday, April 5, 2000. The Rev. David Kerkove, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Bernice, 93, died unexpectedly, due to natural causes, at her home, 200 Baker St., Plymouth, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2000. She was a lifetime resident of Marshall County, moving here when she was two years old.
Born on May 21, 1906, in Elkhart County, Bernice was the daughter of Roy and Lillian Losee Spaid. When Bernice was 2 ½ she became the foster daughter of Francis and Alice Bottorff who raised her to adulthood.
She attended Plymouth schools and worked, for a time, in the basket factory.
On November 14, 1928, in Plymouth, Bernice and Reuben E. Shively were married in the home of Pastor Applegate. A homemaker after her marriage, she also assisted her husband with livestock on the farm.
She enjoyed gardening and craft work and had been an active member of the Plymouth Brethren Church since she was 12 years old. She was a member of the church Ladies Aid and the Helpful Hour Club which was affiliated with the Extension Homemakers.
Bernice is survived by her daughter, Ilo Mae and Freddie N. Spears of Sharpsville, Ind. Two grandsons, William L. and Bonnie Spears and Michael A. Spears, together with a great-granddaughter, Skyler Tobias, all of the Sharpsville area, survive as well.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a brother, Robert Spaid, a foster-brother, Clarence Bottorff and two foster sisters, Sylvia Zumbaugh and Lona Wilson.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Bernice’s memory may be made to the Plymouth Church of the Brethren.