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Berniece L. French

March 12, 2013

Rossville-Berniece L. French passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at her home near Rossville. She was born May 15, 1914 in Delia the daughter of Vera and Robert Kirby.

On November 20, 1933 she was united in marriage to Howard Robert French in Lawrence. They had three sons, Gary DeVere, Laird Leslie and Howard Douglas. Berniece and Howard started a trucking business hauling cattle from the Rossville area to the KC Stockyards. Later they became farmers in the Kaw River Valley. Berniece became postmaster in Rossville in 1967 and held that post for 17 years. She enjoyed traveling and visited many different countries during her lifetime. Berniece especially enjoyed visiting family and friends in California and Colorado. She was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church.

Berniece was preceded in death by Howard, her husband of 37 years; her parents, Vera & Robert Kirby, sisters Donice DeYoung and Roberta Larson; brothers Robert (Bud) and Neal Kirby.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (K) French and Laird (Sharon) French all of Topeka and Doug French, Rossville; a sister, Doris Gross, Danville, CA; a brother, Jim Kirby, Valyermo, CA; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild along with many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Rossville United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Mrs. French will lie in state at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys from 2:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, March 14, 2013 where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Rossville United Methodist Church or Helping Hands Humane Society and sent in care of the funeral home.

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12 thoughts on “Berniece L. French

  1. Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on. Our greatest sympathy. Jim and Cindy

  2. Our prayers to all the French family. Berniece will truly be missed by the Rossville community and all of us in the Lord family for being the good friend that she was.

  3. French Family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. We have very fond memories of your mother. Please accept our condolences.
    Arlyn & SunYe Sage

  4. French Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Bernie’s illness & passing. She was one of a kind and will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace & you all find comfort in your memories. Our hearts go out to you in your loss. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
    ~The Stum’s ~ Wilb & Sis

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful woman who always had a smile on her face and so quick to please! I remember when she use to stand behind the counter at the Post Office. She will be greatly missed her in this life.

  6. Our sincere sympathies to the French family. Berniece was one of a kind, full of life and adventure. We have many memories of Berniece starting back about 30 years ago. She will be missed.

  7. On behalf of my Mother (Lydia Carl – Smatla), Marie DeVeney – Smatla), myself, and all the Smatlas who preceded me, my heartfelt sympathies. I think that Deb Ells put it best when she referred to “spunk” – yep, that’s it. I remember Christmas parties at Bertie’s house and always being welcomed at her door… and always a genuine laugh. I’ll still wave at house, when I drive by.

  8. So many Memories of Her long Life—That generation saw so many changes—
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You All.

  9. I am so very sorry for your loss…I considered Bernie a dear friend and a true blessing! She was a wonderful example to me of a strong woman, full of spunk and fight, just when I needed it most! Always supportive, urging me to do what I felt God was leading me to do…to not be afraid of a new adventure! She will be greatly missed by many and I thank God for putting her in my path, however briefly! God blessing to you all…may He comfort you in your grief. In His love, Debbie Peterman-Ells

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