Bernice Britton Wood – Class of 1936 – April 14, 2015
Bernice was born on June 5, 1918, to Frank and Beulah Britton in Bicknell, Indiana. She graduated from Winslow High School in 1936 and attended Indiana University for one year and Oakland City College, receiving a lifetime teacher’s certificate and taught one year at Arthur, Indiana before getting married.
She married Adron Wood on April 14, 1940 in French Lick, Indiana. Bernice taught in Clinton Township Fairview School, Shelburn schools and third grade in the Sullivan Southwest School District until her retirement in 1978. She earned a Master’s Degree from Indiana State University.
She was a member of Sullivan First Christian Church, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association.
Bernice loved to cook and Sunday family dinners were always a blessing. She learned at age 80 that she could write clever and humorous poetry and the family compiled them into a book for her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adron Wood, in 2009 and a sister, Erma Hale. She is survived by three children: Adra Gierhart (Larry) of San Antonio, Texas, Brent (Mary Susan) Wood and Dave (Debbie) Wood of Sullivan, Indiana; seven grandchildren: Doug, Greg, Josh, Emily, Laura, Chris and Marni and eleven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 17, 2015 at Banks and Brust Funeral Home in Sullivan, Indiana with Rev. Dale Wise officiating. Interment will follow in Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Indiana. Friends may call from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM on Friday, April 17, 2015 at Banks and Brust Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Christian Church Youth Ministry, 105 North Broad Street, Sullivan, Indiana 47882.
The family would like to thank Dr. Dupree, the staffs and nurses of Miller’s Merry Manor, Breckenridge Commons Assisted Living and Sullivan County Community Hospital for their tender loving care over the past 10 years.