Services were held Tuesday Sept. 11, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cherokee, with Pastor James Steen officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee.
Bernice was born March 11, 1916 in Cherokee, to Joel and Hedvig (Erlandson) Benson. She attended school in Cherokee, graduating from Wilson High School in 1934. She was the first "Miss Cherokee" in 1937.
On Sept. 10, 1942 she married Frank Phipps in Cherokee. He preceded her in death April 6, 1988. Her first job was working the snack bar at Spring Lake Park, many years ago. She also worked for J.C. Penney's in Cherokee and a dress shop. She was confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was also a charter member.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Frank, and cousins Beulah Freed and Raymond Erlandson and brother-in-law, Elmer Anderson.
Survivors include her sisters; Martha Anderson; Lucille Ryden, and her husband, Art, all of Cherokee; nephews, Denny Anderson, and his wife, Patty, of Larrabee, Gary Ryden and his wife, Janet, of Spokane, Wash.; nieces, Jolene Neimeyer and her husband, Roger, of Perry, Linda Erickson and her husband, John, of Crystal Lake, Ill., Joann Wilson and her husband, Russ, of Ames; a cousin, Opal Freed, of Calumet.