Beverly A. Bernard

Beverly Ann Bernard, 86, was released on Saturday,
November 20, 2021 from her earthly body, passed into
Eternal Heaven with the Lord she loved, and was reunited
with her loved ones. She had been battling Dementia
for six years.
Beverly was born November 30, 1934 in Medicine
Hat, Alberta, Canada to Bertrum and Virginia Reynolds
Mewton. Her childhood was spent in rural Medicine
Hat before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada where she graduated from Richmond
Junior-Senior High School in 1952. Upon graduation,
she stopped at a local employment agency in Vancouver
to see if they could help her find a job. She was interviewed
and hired on the spot to work in their own
office. Without a doubt, it was her pleasant manner
and infectious smile that got her the first and only job
she would have. Beverly continued to work there until
she married four years later.
In 1955, she met David John Bernard on a Sunday
night at church. David was stationed across the
bridge from Vancouver at the Blaine Air Force Station
in Washington. A friend advised him that they
could get out of kitchen duty on base if they told their
Commanding Officer that they were going to church.
David’s response was “now why would I want to go
to church on a Sunday night?” to which his friend replied
“because this church has pretty girls”. The two
of them went and ended up seated near Beverly and
some of her friends. After church, David got up the
courage to speak with Beverly and he asked her to go
dancing, but she declined. He then said “what would
you like to do?” and her response was, “You can take
me to a hockey game but only if you come to church
next Sunday morning.” He did, and the rest is history.
They married on September 6, 1956 at the United
Church of Canada in Vancouver, B.C.
In the spring of 1957, David and Beverly packed
everything they owned in their car and drove cross
country to where David had grown up in the Rhinebeck-
Hyde Park area of Dutchess County, NY. This
was where David and Beverly settled and raised their
family for the next thirty years and where they were
an active part of Hyde Park Baptist Church. While at
Hyde Park Baptist, she was a children’s Sunday School
Teacher and a Local C.E.F (Child Evangelism Fellowship)
Beverly went through the naturalization process and
became a citizen of the United States on December
18, 1964.
In 1987, a job change brought David and Beverly upstate
to Clifton Park, NY. Together, they joined and
served in many capacities at Temple Baptist Church.
She enjoyed being a leader in the MOPS (Mothers of
Preschoolers) Program.
In 2007, David and Beverly downsized and moved
to Broadalbin to be closer to their youngest daughter
and family. They quickly became part of the Broadalbin
Community, and were actively involved at the
Broadalbin Baptist Church and Sacandaga Bible Conference.
She was a Leader in the AWANA Program
at the church. In every church and every community
that she was part of, Beverly was known for her
gracious and elegant entertaining and her home was
always open to anyone in need.
David and Beverly moved to Kingsway Community
in Schenectady in 2018 as they both faced major health
issues. While there, she lived at the Manor Assisted
Living, the Memory Care Center, and the Kingsway
Arms Skilled Nursing Center, where she passed away.
Throughout David and Beverly’s lives, they loved
to vacation at Word of Life in Schroon Lake, NY. In
later years, they enjoyed traveling to other Word of
Life Camps around the globe, cruising to exotic ports
of call, and family vacations to the Outer Banks, NC
and Marco Island, FL. Beverly loved to cook and
entertain for family and friends in the most elegant
settings. Her children and grandchildren were her
most treasured gifts and she longed to have contact
and relationships with each one of them, even when
circumstances made it difficult or impossible.
Her physical and emotional pain this world afforded
was forgotten upon entry into Heaven. Revelation
21:4 (NKJ) “He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
there will be no more death or mourning or crying or
pain for the old order of things has passed away.” She
was assured of this promise as a believer and has now
experienced its reality in Glory.
In addition to her parents, Beverly was predeceased
by her husband of almost 63 years, David John Bernard
in 2019, and their daughter, Laura Bernard in
Survivors include a son, Jeffrey (Leah) Bernard of
Hyde Park, NY and a daughter, Kelly (Keith) Canary of
Vail Mills, NY; six grandchildren, James and Stephen
Camburn, Jennifer and Jonathan Bernard and Chandler
and Benjamin Canary; two great-grand children;
a younger brother, Douglas Mewton, of Aylesford,
Nova Scotia; a niece, Patty Dorf; and a great-nephew,
Andrew Brodsky, both of Ormond Beach, FL.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, November 27,
2021 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral
Home, Inc. 111 County Highway 106 (corner of
Rt. 29 and Black St.), Johnstown, NY followed by a
Celebration of Life Service with Pastor Duke Hergatt,
officiating. Burial will be in Broadalbin–Mayfield Rural
Cemetery. Facial coverings are respectfully recommended.
Memorial contributions can be made to Word of
Life Camper Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 600, Schroon
Lake, NY 12870.
The family would like to thank the hardworking and
compassionate caregivers of Kingsway Community
for helping, caring, and enabling Beverly to maintain
her dignity since 2018.
To express online condolences visit www.halgasfuneralhome.

By Leader-Herald

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