Bernice Vernona Young (nee Bruneski), passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Saviour on December 31st, 2017 at the age of 90 years.
Bernice is survived by her husband Henry; three children, Wm. Paul (Kim) Young of Portland, Oregon, Debbie (Tony) Sparrow and Tim (Barb) Young of Vernon, B.C.; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Steele of Victoria, B.C.; one brother, Vern Bruneski of Kelowna, B.C.; nieces, nephews and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Young; one granddaughter, Jennifer Sparrow; and two brothers, Robert and Lloyd Bruneski.
Bernice was born on June 7th, 1927 in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She graduated from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital with a RN degree and met Henry Young at Canadian Bible College in Regina, Saskatchewan. They were married at Grace Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C. on August 7th, 1954.
After their first child, Paul, was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, they moved to the deep jungles of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), as Protestant pioneer missionaries to the Dani tribe and it was here that their three other children were born.
Upon returning to Canada, Bernice held various positions in medicine including Director of Admitting for 22 years at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where she oversaw the transition of the facility into the computer age. She has always been regarded for her intelligence, kindness and ability to encourage those around her. She had a heart of sacrifice and compassion and her life touched many. Deeply devout and a woman of prayer, her relationship with Jesus has been the cornerstone of her life.
A private family Graveside Service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery will precede a Memorial Service which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. with a Reception following in the Bethel Tea Room.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Bernice to the B.C. Children’s Hospital, designated for the Ophthalmology Department, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3N1.
We, Bernice’s family would like to thank the staff at Creekside Landing for their kindness during the short time she was there. Bernice now rests in peace, in the embrace of Relentless Affection.
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5. 250-542-1187.