Bernice Shivley 1930-2016
Bernice was born May 25, 1930 in a house in Belfield, North Dakota, and died at home surrounded by family on June 14, 2016. She was the first born child of Olaf Marvin Olson and Helen Marie (Livingston) Olson, and also the first grandchild on both sides of her family.
She moved to Montana, Idaho and then Washington as a child, until her parents bought the Bluecreek Mercantile in 1947 and the family moved to Bluecreek. She helped her parents in the store, graduating from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1948.
She then went on to business school in Spokane graduating with a secretarial degree from Kinman Business College and started working in Spokane. She met and then married Richard Taylor in 1950, with the addition of Barbara Ann in 1952 and Linda Marie in 1954. Dick died in 1955 from heart disease, and Bernice later met and married Glen Shivley on Oct. 5, 1956. The last addition, Wanda Christine joined the family in 1958.
Bernice was a wonderful wife and mother to us all, and many of our friends. She used her business degree and worked as a book-keeper for Walla Walla Produce, Coca-Cola Bottling in Walla Walla, and as the secretary for the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Ore.
She helped organize and start Noah’s Ark Day School and always loved to be around the children, volunteering at Vacation Bible School and as a Sunday school teacher. She volunteered and helped the Camp Fire Girls, was a member of the Prospect Point Homemakers Club, the Gideons Auxilliary, and a long standing member at the Blue Mt. Community Church. She was a quilter like her mother, and loved to make quilts for all members of her family plus many others who just needed a nice warm quilt.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Wanda Fleischman in 2007 and her daughter Barbara Taylor in 2011.
She is survived by all 4 of her siblings: sister – Marilyn Hastings, brothers – Ken Olson, Darrell Olson, and Roger Olson, her husband Glen, daughter Linda Harris, grandchildren – Christina Hagar, Sarahlyn Mattson, Erik Eide, Susan Eide, Maxwell Fleischman and Kenzie Fleischman, 5 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Memorials in her honor may be made to Blue Mt. Community Church or the Gideons International through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 The Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
A Memorial service will be June 25, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Blue Mt. Community Church, 928 Sturm Ave, Walla Walla. Friends and family may share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.