Bernice Jane Stevens
February 8, 2023
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.