Bernice Bottoms, 95, of Gardner, Kan., passed away Feb. 16, 2013 at her home.
Bernice was born March 10, 1917 in Mount Leonard, Mo. to George Fridolin and Isabelle (Smith) Mueller. She was a graduate of SweetSpringsMissouriHigh School and attended the MethodistChurch.
Bernice married Huston Bottoms on April 18, 1942 in Waldron, Ark. They lived in Kansas City, Mo. and Bernice worked for Hallmark Cards.
During World War II she worked for Pratt and Whitney. In 1951 they bought a farm and moved to Gardner.
She was active in Morning Glory 4-H as a leader. She participated annually in the Jo Co Fair as an exhibitor of African Violets, winning a Grand Champion of Show. Bernice was a published poet. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was never happier than when surrounded by children. She will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Huston in 2001 and siblings Kenneth, Byron, Louise, Kathleen and Lucille. Bernice is survived by four sons, Robert H Bottoms, of Kansas City, Mo., Richard A Bottoms and wife Debbie, of Spring Hill, Kan., Gary K Bottom, of Gardner and Daryl D Bottoms and wife Carrie Goeringer, of Hyattsville, Md.; two daughters, Jacquelyn K and husband John Tubbs, of Norwich, Kan., and Leesa A and husband James Graham, of Olathe, Kan.; brother Leland Mueller, of Sweet Springs, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m., Feb. 22, 2013 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913)856-7111. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be 1 p.m., Feb. 23, 2012 at PisgahCemetery, Elmwood, Mo.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Pisgah Cemetery Association. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.
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