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Bernice Jane Stevens

Bernice Jane Stevens

10/1/1927 – 7/10/2022

Bernice Jane Stevens, longtime

resident of Mount Vernon,

Washington, died July 10, 2022 at

the age of 94. She was born on a

forty-acre farm in Mount Vernon

to James and Elizabeth. She

had three older sisters: Isabelle,

Joyce, and Gladys.

Bernice went to Ridgeway

Grade School and she usually got

there on her roller-skates.

She graduated from Mount

Vernon High School in 1945. Her

position as a song leader and a

cheerleader in high school set her

up for a lifetime of friends. The

connections with her classmates

continued as they met regularly

in the years to come. She also met

with her monthly "Lunch Bunch

Crew" at Max Dale's Steakhouse.

Bernice married Wendell Dean

Stevens in December of 1948,

sharing 18 years of marriage's

ups and downs.

While she spent many notable

years as a bank teller, she held

a variety of jobs in her lifetime.

First and foremost Birdy worked

for many years at the Skagit

County Court House. She

enjoyed working with Katie and

the many costume parties as well

as decorating for the holidays.

Bernice worked at a Woolworth

Department Store, Brassy's Gift

Store (La Conner), Red Apple

Market (as a bookkeeper), and

on the local Election Board for

Voting. Bernice attended First

Evangelical Lutheran Church in

Mount Vernon for many years.

Bernice enjoyed gardening,

shopping, and travelling. She

consistently worked 2-3 jobs well

into her 80's; anything to keep

her farm on Starbird Road. She

loved her birds and would feed

them only the best food.

She was preceded in death by

her husband Wendell, as well as

her special friend Virgil. Virgil

and Bernice enjoyed numerous

parties, traveling, and boating

trips with their many friends, as

members of the Swinomish Yacht


Bernice is survived by her

daughters, Karen and Wendy, and

her sister, Darlene, along with

many cousins, grandchildren, and


There will be a Memorial

Service with a reception to follow

for Bernice at 1 p.m., Friday, Feb.

17, 2023 at Kern Funeral Home

of Mount Vernon.

You may offer your

condolences and share memories

of Bernice to her family online


Arrangements are under the care

of Kern Funeral Home.


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