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Bernice "Berni" Hinkhouse Boykin

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bernice "Berni" Hinkhouse Boykin, age 59, of Sioux City (formerly of Aurora, Colo.), passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at her mother's house in Correctionville. A funeral service was held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Salem Lutheran Church of Correctionville with the Rev. Robert Chapman officiating.

Visitation was held on Sunday, Aug. 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville. Burial was at the Dakota City Public Cemetery of Dakota City, Neb. The Nicklas D Jensen Funeral Home of Correctionville is in charge of arrangements.

Berni was born Oct. 1, 1951 at the Schaller, Iowa hospital. She was the daughter of Rudy and Hertha (Rock) Hinkhouse. Berni was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, rural Correctionville. She graduated from Eastwood High School at Correctionville in 1969. After graduation she worked for Postal Finance in Sioux City for many years until she was transferred to Colorado in 1977.

She married Gary Boykin, Sr. on Aug. 8, 1987 in Colorado. She worked for Firestone as an Executive Assistant for many years until she retired due to declining health.

Berni and Gary adopted Gary's three grandchildren and welcomed them into their home in Colorado. Berni enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with their grandchildren. Berni enjoyed bowling in several leagues where she also held many offices. Berni and Gary founded "The Gambler's League" in which they took many trips to Las Vegas. She also planned many events and parties for bowling leagues she was a part of. Berni also enjoyed being around family and playing card games. She was an avid Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and Denver Nuggets fan.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gary Boykin; her parents; Rudy and Hertha Hinkhouse; an infant sister; one sister, Georga Bray; four brothers-in-law, Clayton Welch, Lee Prueher, Donald Boykin and Gene Boykin, Sr. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, George Boykin, Sr. and her mother-in-law, Louvenia Boykin.

Berni is survived by three grandchildren, Troy, Terah and Trey Boykin; one step-son, Gary Boykin, Jr.; Shelly Brewer; two sisters, Carol Welch of Akron, and her daughter, Lisa Welch, and Jane Prueher of Racine, Wis.; two brothers, Tim Hinkhouse of Bassett, Neb., and his children, Heather (Rick) Hill, Heath (Kim) Hinkhouse, and Holly Hinkhouse and Richard (Peggy) Hinkhouse of Cherokee, and their children Sam and Mikki; three brothers-in-law, Tom Bray of Lady Lake, Fla. and his sons, Hannibal Bray and Aaron Bray, George (Michelle) Boykin of Sioux City, and Al (Marsha) Boykin of Sioux City; one sister-n-law, Mary Helen (Mark) Fields of Libertyville, Ill.; her godmother and aunt, Norma Dallen of Federal Way, Washington; many other relatives and dear friends, including life-long special friend LeeNette Wiese of Cushing.