Bernice Juanita Taylor VanDusen, 97, of Haskell passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Bernice was born Oct. 20, 1915, in Tinsman to Mae and Auburn Taylor.
Bernice was more of a tomboy than a princess and ran barefoot through the dirt roads in Tinsman where she was raised. She helped tend the family garden and worked in the cotton fields when she was very young. She read her Bible daily and loved to read home and garden magazines. Horses were her favorite animals.
Bernice was known especially for being meek and humble. She was known as the family â€œPrayer Warrior."
She had two children, seven grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren. Every single one of them adored her. Except for God, she loved her family first. Bernice was the very essence and definition of goodness, decency, compassion and humility.
Bernice was predeceased by her parents; and her husband of 30 years Ralph T. VanDusen.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda L. Boyett of Haskell; a son, Guy M. VanDusen of Haskell; two brothers, A.W. Taylor of Van Buren and O.B. Taylor of Little Rock; a sister Carrie B. Bost of Waxhaw, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Atkinson Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Hunt officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery. Arrangements are by Atkinson Funeral Home in Malvern.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the funeral home.
Online guestbook: www.atkinsonfuneralhome.net.