Passed over peacefully at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm BC on Friday, January 23, 2015 at age 93. Bernice is predeceased by her husbands Bob Smallpiece (Sep 11, 2014) and Wilson Roberts (Sep 14, 1959), her son-in-law Lyle Quigley (Dec 31, 1996), her parents Charles and Rosella Root and seven siblings.
She is lovingly remembered by daughter Eloise Quigley of Watervalley AB, sons Byron (Janice) Roberts of Prince George BC and Ross (Holly) Roberts of Hattiesburg MS, 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Born at home March 13, 1921 in Killdeer SK, the second youngest of 8 children, she grew up and was schooled in Killdeer and Rockglen where she met Wilson Roberts during high school years. In 1941 she moved to Regina with her family, attended Business school, operated a boarding house with her mother, worked for the Dept. of Natural Resources and exchanged long distance love letters with Wilson for 5 years. They married in 1946 and moved to Reid Lake BC to dairy farm and raise a family. After Wilson passed in 1959, she moved to Prince George where she worked as a bookkeeper to support and raise her young family.
In 1969 she married Bob Smallpiece and in 1981 relocated to Salmon Arm where they eventually retired and enjoyed many friends and blessed years together, including travels near and far.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 31st at the Carlin Community Hall (16K west of SA on Hwy 1); interment at Mount Ida Cemetery; a reception will follow at the hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted at the Cancer Society of Canada.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Email condolences and share memories of Bernice through her obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.