Bernice Pincombe was born on Jan. 23, 1928 in Calgary, Alta., and passed away on July 12, 2020 in Hanna, Alta. at the age of 92 years.
She was one of three children born to Ellen and John Wilson of Craigmyle, Alta.
She spent her childhood in the Craigmyle area playing in the poplar grove of trees on the Wilson homestead and attended the Victor School.
The trees to the north of her childhood farm were very thick and a space was cleared where she and her brother Eldon played and had picnics with the neighbours.
On summer days as a young girl, Bernice enjoyed being outside, relished in getting the mail one mile away from home and always had kittens or dogs to play with.
Her favourite childhood storybook was Black Beauty and one of her favourite silly things to do with her brother, Eldon, was to look through the Eaton’s Catalogue and see who could slap the “Star Specials” first as they flipped through the pages.
Bernice moved to Hanna at 18 years old and became a life-long resident of Hanna.
Her first job was at the Royal Bank right after the war in 1946.
A short while later, she went to a dance at Victor Hall with a friend where she met Gordon Pincombe.
Bernice was attracted to Gordon because he was handsome and attentive.
Gordon proposed by giving her a ring in the National Hotel Coffee Shop and the two were married Aug. 16, 1950.
Bernice also worked at Sears and was active in the Royal Canadian Legion, Hanna Ladies Auxiliary and many other community events. Gordon and Bernice enjoyed travelling and visited Banff, Hawaii and Alaska.
Bernice’s biggest accomplishment in life was self-described as being a mother.
Gordon and Bernice welcomed a son, Jim, in 1953, a daughter, Betty Ann, in 1957 and later added Valarie to their family in 1966.
She once said that all the love you give as a mother comes back to you many times over and, in her opinion, life would be very empty without her children.
She was caring and compassionate to all and considered the Wrights like her own family.
Bernice loved each and every one of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves to mourn her passing her children Jim (Sandra), Betty Ann (Murray), and Valarie.
Also mourning her passing are her grandchildren Terri Lynn (Cory), Trevor (Kathy), Jennifer (Dan), Heather (Scott), and Randy (Shayla) as well as her great-grandchildren Emmett, Norah, Claire, Wyatt, Regan, Rachel, Brynn, Cooper, Kendiss, and Kylee.
Bernice will be lovingly remembered for her caring, kind and compassionate nature.
A private family service is planned for July 20 in Hanna, Alta.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bernice’s name to: Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 25, Box 1407; Hanna Long Term Care Recreation Department, (Cheques payable to Hanna Ladies Auxiliary) Box 23; or Hanna Acadia Lodge Recreation Department, Box 160, Hanna, Alta., T0J 1P0.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca.