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Bernice Johnson Wilson -- born 14 May 1910 --- died 14 June 1936 -- Kiron News clipping

Services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Baptist church
Kiron, June 16 -- The entire community was saddened Sunday morning when the sad message came that Mrs. Elmer Wilson had passed away at seven o'clock that morning at the university hospital at Iowa City. Mrs. Wilson was taken ill last winter and for the past seven weeks had been a patient in the Oakdale hospital. About a week before her death she was removed to the University hospital in IowaCity. On Tuesday , June 9, a son was born to the Wilsons. On Thursday evening Mr. Wilson received a message from the hospital that Mrs. Wilson was in a critical condition. He together with Mrs. Wilson's father and sister, Oscar Johnson and Fern, left that evening for Iowa City. Mr. Wilson remained at her bedside until the end came. She made a brave struggle for life, the nurses and doctors remarked how wonderfully she bore up, even to the last, and of the remarkable cheerful disposition she had to the last. She was so delighted over the arrival of their son and had even given him his name, Jerry Elmer.
Mrs. Bernice Wilson was a daughter of Oscar and Maggie Johnson. She was born May 14, 1910 on the Johnson homestead a mile west and a mile north of Kiron. Here she grew to young womanhood, a picture of health. She received her education in the public schools and graduated from the Kiron high school with the class of 1927. In her early teens she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized and became a member of the Kiron Baptist church on 24 June 1923. After her marriage she transferred her membership to the Baptist church at Alcester, S.D., where she was a member up to the time of her death. She was talented and cultured. During her residence here she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir and of the young people's society. She was liked by all who knew her for her cheerful disposition and her beautiful Christian character.
Bernice Arlene Johnson was united in marriage to Elmer Wilson of Alcester, S. D. at the home of her parents on 12 Feb 1930, by Rev. Gordon Carlson. This union was blessed with four children, three daughters and one son, one daughter, Geraldine, passing away at the age of two and a half years. After their marriage they made their home on a farm near Alcester for about three years, after which they moved to Lawton, Iowa, where they resided on a farm for two years, coming to their present location north of Odebolt a year and a half ago. At the time of her death she was 26 years and 1 month of age.
She leaves to mourn her sad departure the grief stricken husband, Elmer Wilson, two daughters, Genevieve Bernice and Janice Lee, and the infant son, Jerry Elmer; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Johnson; four sisters, Florence, Mrs. J. F. Hedstrom; Myrtle, Mrs. Eugene Larson, Fern and Dorothy, and one brother, Russell, all of Kiron, and a number of other relatives.
She was a devoted and tender wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.
The remains were brought back on Sunday evening. Funeral services were held from the Oscar C. Johnson home at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and at 2 o'clock from the Baptist church conducted by the pastor, Rev. Walfred Johnson. Beautiful singing was rendered. The church was filled to capacity with relatives and friends. Beautiful floral offerings were banked about the entire front of the church. The pall bearers were four brothers-in-law, Eugene Larson, Jubel Hedstrom, Kiron; Elmer Anderson, William Erickson, Alcester, S.D., and two cousins, Kenneth Johnson, Kiron, and Marvin Johnson, of Alcester, S. D.
She was laid to rest beside her little daughter in the Kiron cemetery.
Many attended the funeral from Alcester, Lawton, Odebolt and other places.

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