Berniece Girard of Sioux City, Iowa, formerly of Akron, Iowa, passed away Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at Bickford Memory Care in Sioux City.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron. Rev. Doug Klein and Deacon Richard Port officiated. Burial followed in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Berniece Marie Ross was born May 26, 1918 in Miller, S.D., the daughter of George and Margaret (Burns) Ross. In the 1930s, she moved with her family to Akron. She attended school in Akron and graduated from Akron High School in 1935.
Early on, she worked as a nanny for families in the Akron area.
She was united in marriage to Virgil Harris on May 12, 1940 in Akron. They farmed north of Akron. Berniece was a homemaker for her family. In 1968, they moved into Akron. Virgil passed away Oct. 22, 1975.
Later, while at a dance in Sioux City, she met Isadore Girard. They were married in November of 1983. They made their home in Akron. In 2007, she moved to Alcester Manor in Alcester, S.D., and in October of 2008, she became a resident of Bickford Memory Care in Sioux City. Isadore passed away in March of 2012.
Berniece was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, having been active through the years in various church activities. Berniece loved to dance and spend time with family and friends. She will be remembered for her care and compassion that she gave to her siblings and husband. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her children: Margaret Ann Harris of Omaha, NE, Kathleen Harris of Minnetonka, MN, and Greg Harris of St. Paul, MN; her step-children: Sharon Doty of Sioux Falls, SD, Mary (Paul) Mosher of Sioux City, IA, Donald (Nelia) Girard of Las Vegas, NV, Jerry (Terri) Girard of Minneapolis, MN, Deb (Dan) Britt of Le Mars, IA, and Vicki (Kevin) Kollbaum of Sioux City, IA; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren; 49 step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: George and Margaret Ross; her siblings: Vera Ross, Naomi Garner, Vern Ross, and Blaine Ross.