Bernice O’Neal, 1927 ~ 2011

Bernice Lucile O’Neal, 83, passed away at Canyonlands Care Center Monday Sept. 12, 2011.

Bernice was born on Nov. 25, 1927 in Sun Prairie, Wis. to Carl L. and Jennie T Merrill Weidner. She grew up in Wisconsin and married George Braford. That marriage brought Sharon and Walter. They moved to Arizona and lived there until her husband George passed away in 1959.

She returned to Wisconsin and later met and married LeRoy F. Struble. That marriage brought together LeRoy D., Madge L. and Benton L. Struble. LeRoy had seven children when he married Bernice. Leroy and Bernice moved out West and settled in Moab in the spring of 1965. Her husband LeRoy passed away in May of 1984 and her son Benton followed later that year.

On Nov. 26, 1987 she married Raymond G. O’Neal, who had six children. Raymond passed away Nov. 13, 2001.

Bernice loved all her three families. In her younger years the family would go fishing and sometimes camping. She made clothes for the family and loved to embroider pillow cases, have fresh flowers and be involved in her church, where she sang in the choir with Ray. Bernice had a great caring and shared with all people.

She is survived by Sharon Emley of Virginia; Walter Bradford of Wisconsin; LeRoy Struble, and Madge L. Mason, both of Utah; stepchildren, Deanna Elsie, Laurel and Donald, from the Struble marriage, and Terry, Sandra, Kimberly, Renee, Randy and Ricky, from the O’Neal marriage; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by all three of her husbands, George, LeRoy, and Raymond; a son, Benton; and stepchildren, Donna, Darlene, and Ted.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Moab First Baptist Church. A viewing will be held Thursday, Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spanish Valley Mortuary. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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