Bernice Powell

Bernice Powell

Sunday, January 18th, 1925 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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It is with great sadness the family of Bernice Dorothy Powell (Smithson) announce her passing on November 7, 2019, at the age of 94. Bernice was born to Mildred and Richard Smithson on January 18, 1925. Following two years serving in the Canadian Women's Army Corps, on October 10, 1947, Bernice married Mansel Powell and together they lived in Ebenezer for almost 40 years, raising their three children and running their business before retiring to Yorkton in 1985. Bernice was predeceased by her infant son John Steven in 1950, her husband Mansel in 2004, parents Richard and Mildred Smithson, her sisters Joyce Uhl and Ruby Zimmer, brothers Ken, Jack and Morley Smithson, and her infant sister Marguerite. Bernice is survived by her children, Jack Powell (Carrie) of Good Spirit Lake, Gloria Powell-Smith (Bryce) of Saskatoon, and Sandra Gulka (Bill) of Good Spirit Lake and 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She loved her garden, with it being the place she said she felt the closest to God, traveling the world with Mansel, and spending time at the cottage sipping coffee on the deck while watching the blue heron fishing and the lake coming to life. Bernice devoted her life to her children and was immensely proud of her family, to which she leaves behind beautiful memories. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 12th 2019 from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Yorkton with Deacon Luanne Hrywkiw officiating. Son Jack read a poem, daughters Gloria & Sandra gave tributes to Bernice. The Lay-readers were Kaitlyn Waugh, Bethany Wanner & Raeghan Gulka. Organist Judy Berg and pianist Jolene Cherland led members of the Church Choir and the congregation in the hymns 'Morning Has Broken', 'Rock of Ages' and 'In the Garden'. Son-in-law Bryce Smith played a piano solo 'What A Wonderful World'. Following the memorial luncheon the interment took place in the Garden of Devotion at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Evan Powell, Krista Powell, Bryden Smith, Lliam Gulka, Melanie Molnar, Bethany Wanner and Janna Powell-Smith serving as the casketbearers. The honorary bearers were all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorials in Bernice's memory may be made to the Holy Trinity Anglican Church as tokens of remembrance. Condolences can be left at
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 2:00pm
    Holy Trinity Anglican Church
    165 2nd Ave. N.
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    Rev. Luanne Hrywkiw
  • Interment

    Yorkton Memorial Gardens
    Highway #10 East
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Dave Matichuk

Posted at 03:36pm
My sincere condolences to all your family in your loss of Bernice. When I worked for Sign I used to drive Bernice every Friday to get her hair done at the beauty salon. May she rest in peace in GOD'S HEAVENLY KINGDOM.
Dave Matichuk


Posted at 09:44am
Jack, Carrie ,Bill and Sandra are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your memories help you in the following days.
Ken and Debbie Tripp

Debbie and Dave Blommaert

Posted at 04:07pm
Jack and Carrie,
Dave and I extend our deepest sympathy to you on the passing on your mom.

Deb and Dave Blommaert

Jim and Janet Gorman

Posted at 12:02am
Jim and I, were saddened to hear that your mom had passed away Sandy. She was such a sweet lady with lots of pep. I would see her quite often when my Aunt was living in the Bentley and we would have a little chat. We send you our condolences at this sad time. We know how special moms are and how much they are missed .

Sandra & Tony

Posted at 05:21pm
Our deepest sympathies Sandy, Bill & family. All our love.
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