Bernice Hawxby, 91, of Knoxville passed away Feb. 15, 2013, at the Griffin Nursing and Rehab Center in Knoxville. Services were Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Melcher-Dallas, with Pastor Kent Peck conducting the service. Interment will be at the Dallas Cemetery. Memorials may be made to HCI Care Services of Knoxville or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com.
Bernice Sophie De Goey was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Lake Prairie Township, Marion County, near Pella to Arie and Marie (Van Gorp) De Goey. She grew up in the Pella area. She was married to Reuben “Pook” Hawxby on Dec. 31, 1945. They made their home in Melcher-Dallas where she lived until Pook’s death in 1969 when she moved to Knoxville.
Bernice worked at the Overall Factory in Knoxville, Dallas Elementary School, and the VA Hospital in Knoxville. Bernice loved to listen to hymns and taught Children’s Sunday School at the Dallas Methodist Church. She also enjoyed ceramics, crocheting, and reading. Most of all she enjoyed supporting her son in all of his activities.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben “Pook”; her parents. Arie and Marie De Goey, and brothers: Robert, Kenneth, and Calvin.
Bernice is survived by her son, Donald (Patti) Hawxby of Melcher-Dallas; granddaughter, Heather (Matt) Svec of Cedar Rapids; and a great grandson, Caleb. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.