Bernice Brown

  Bernice was born on Aug. 16, 1927, in Tacoma to Harry and Mary Brown. She passed on Nov. 10, 2019.

  She enjoyed gardening, painting, antiques and traveling. A longtime Whatcom County resident, Bernice lived in Lynden with her husband, Donald, who was one of the town’s first veterinarians.

  She was predeceased by her parents; brother Frank Brown; first husband, Donald Ellwanger; and second husband, Merton Murk.

  Survivors include her daughters, Kathy Starbuck and Virginia Jennings; granddaughters Sybil Smith and Emily Stonecipher; great-grandson Percy Stonecipher; longtime family friend and caregiver, Dianna Kirkham; and other extended family members.

  To honor her love of flowers and springtime, the immediate family will be planning a private graveside service in the spring, followed by a celebration of life at her home of many years, Correll Park in Ferndale.

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