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June 23, 2014

Bernice Amelia Butler

Bernice Amelia Butler

APOPKA, Fla. — Bernice Amelia Butler passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the age of 100.

Bernice was born Feb. 11, 1914, to LeRoy and Lottie (Castle) Barton.

She attended the District 3, one-room Texas Schoolhouse in the town of New Lisbon, and Morris Central School.

She married Emerson C. Cole on Sept. 12, 1929. They divorced in 1956.

She then married George L. Butler May 28, 1960. George predeceased her in 1981.

Bernice spent most of her life in the Oneonta area until 1985, when she divided her time between her home in West Laurens and her home in Florida.

Bernice was a member of the NYS Retirement Association, Hartwick American Auxiliary, Winter Garden VFW#4305, AARP, and former member of the West Laurens Fire Department Auxiliary.

Bernice was a gentle lady with spirit who loved dancing, country music, Danny O’Donnell music, crossword puzzles, and snowmobiling. She kept great scrapbooks, crocheted afghans for the veterans’ homes and her family, cross-stitched and embroidered tablecloths, made quilts, and sewed clothing for her family. She enjoyed watching the wildlife, the birds, deer, and turkeys. Bernice asked that her appreciation be passed on to the family members and friends who kept in touch in the recent years.

Bernice was a homemaker until World War II. During the war, she was a member of the Ground Observer Corps and worked in the Bendix MICA Defense Plant in Oneonta. After the war, she worked for a short time at the Jonathan Logan Dress Company in Oneonta. She then worked in the dietary department at Homer Folks Hospital, retiring in 1971.

Bernice is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Cook of Apopka, Fla., and Doris Martin of West Laurens; one sister-in-law, Ellen Barton, of Salisbury Center; 10 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, Emerson L. Cole, and daughter, Zaida M. Weldon; brothers, LeRoy and Burton; sisters, Alma, Charlotte, Marjorie, Maude, Gladys, and Ruth; very special friends Matt and Midge Heredia; and many close friends in New York and Florida.

In keeping with the wishes of Bernice, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. There will be a committal service at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris.


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