McComish, Bernice

Bernice Elsie McComish (nee Anderson) was born the fifth child of nine to Alfred and Elsie Anderson on July 29, 1931.  She lived on the Anderson Farm in the Lake Thelma district and attended a one-room school to grade nine.  For high school she stayed in a dorm in Castor, returning to the farm on weekends.

The farm was a busy place without the modern conveniences of today so Bernice did her share of farm and house work, including milking cows, stooking and driving her own team hauling bundles.

During the years of high school and of sharing an apartment with other young ladies while working in a bank in Coronation, Bernice made friends that lasted a lifetime.

On February 19, 1954, at 23 years of age, she married local rancher Arden McComish. They worked together on the farm for 20 years and raised four children.

In 1974, they moved to Three Hills where their children finished their general education at Prairie High School. Bernice lost her spouse in July 2002.  She lived her final years at the Golden Hills Lodge and felt so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful friends and staff.

It was in her early twenties that Bernice realized the importance of having God in her life and accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour and Lord.

During her years on the ranch she was very involved in her small local church.  Bernice was a devoted wife and mother who gave her time to her family, while also providing encouragement and help to extended family and friends.

As she got older, her conversation turned more and more toward heaven. On Friday evening, January 31, 2014 after a few hours in hospital, God took her home.

She leaves many who will miss her greatly but also rejoice with her in the new life she is enjoying:  her sons, Wallace (Bonnie) of Stettler and Bryan (Eileen) of Erskine; her daughters, Deanna (Glenn) Odland of Singapore and Arlene of London, Ontario; three brothers, Lawrence (Edith) Anderson of Hanna; Ken (Lil) Anderson of Calgary and Cliff (Helen) Anderson of Calgary; one sister, Edna Kary of Irricana; one brother-in-law Dave (Mary) of Three Hills; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; in-laws through marriage to Arden, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband, Arden, four sisters, seven brothers-in-law and two nephews.

The memorial service for Bernice McComish is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8 at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, 123 4th Ave S, Three Hills.

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