In Memory of



Obituary for Bernice Powell

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