January 8, 2009


Bernice Valeta Forrester, 86, of Bible Grove died Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

She was born the daughter of Floyd A. and Mary Edith (Bradley) Hunt on August 15, 1922 in Scotland County, Missouri.

Bernice graduated from Bible Grove High School and attended nursing school in Burlington. She married Earnest Clark on July 22, 1943. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1962.

She married Eugene Forrester on January 29, 1964. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1989.

Bernice enjoyed quilting, reading, gardening, and helping on the farm. Most of all she loved her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; two brothers, Dale and Terry Hunt; a brother-in-law, Roscoe Frederick; a sister-in-law, Helen Hunt.

She is survived by her son, Clinton Clark of Memphis; her daughter, Patty Heincy of Burlington, Iowa; a sister, Joan Frederick of Bible Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law, Emery and wife Dorothy Clark of Rutledge and Jerry and wife Dianna Clark all of Memphis; three grandchildren, Ryan and wife Ellen Clark of Memphis, Stacy Heincy and Sherry Ritchey, both of Burlington; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Kyle Clark of Memphis, Brittany and Triston McManus and Nicole Heincy, all of Burlington; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, January 5, at the Bible Grove Christian Church with Larry Smith, pastor of the Downing Christian Church, officiating. Joyce Frederick and Virginia Hunt performed “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden”. Vance, Stanley, Gerald and Matt Frederick, Stacy Heincy, and Ryan Clark served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Bible Grove Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Bible Grove Christian Church and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Online condolences may be sent to Mrs. Forrester’s family via email at gerths@gerths.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.

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