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In Loving Memory Of

(Lilly) Bernice Harmsen


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of “Lilly” Bernice (Thomas) Harmsen on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Points West Hospice, at the age of 78 years.

Bernice was born February 12, 1938 to Harry and Vera Thomas. Mom married Art Harmsen August 16, 1957.  They had 5 children

Mom was kind, generous and funny. She was a hard worker, gardening, picking fruit, canning and baking bread. We will always remember some of her sayings: “Okey Dokey Mokey”, and “Don’t know Joe”. Mom liked butterflies, birds, cats, the colour blue, playing crib and cooking for her family. Her cat Jody misses her already. She taught her grandchildren to play crib and she was proud of their card playing and shuffling skills.

Her favourite singers were Johnny Cash, Elvis, Hank Snow and Charlie Pride. Coffee was always on at Mom’s house and you had to have a cookie, square, cake or chocolate bar with your coffee. Mom was a full time Mom and we all know we were loved.

Bernice will be dearly missed by her daughter Jeanette (Cliff) Nyberg and their children Jennifer and Steven; daughter Alie Harmsen and her son Cody; son Art Harmsen (Rose) and Art’s daughter Christy and her children Chaelah, Draven, Vincent, Mannix, and Shaunae; son Lorne (Amy) Harmsen and their sons Devin and Logan; son Harold Harmsen and his daughters Amanda (Steven) and Nicole. She will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her siblings: Elsie Thomas (Ted), Orville Thomas (Judi), Roy Thomas (Lynn), and Ken Thomas (Sherry). 

Bernice was predeceased by her parents Harry and Vera Thomas, husband Art, sister Leona, brother in-law Sandy, 2 nephews, 1 niece and brother Gordon.

At Mom’s request there will be no Funeral Service. She will be cremated and her ashes spread at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grande Prairie Hospice Palliative Care Society, (Box 21215, Grande Prairie, Alberta T8V 6W7) or to the charity of one’s choice.

In Loving Memory of

(Lilly) Bernice Harmsen
(Maiden: Thomas)


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