BANGOR and BRADFORD – Bernetta Belle (Hayward) Thompson, 89, went to her eternal rest in heaven with her Lord and Savior, and to take her place beside her beloved husband, Gerald E. Thompson, Oct. 8, 2010, surrounded by her loved and loving family. Bernetta graced our world with her presence March 11, 1921, in the Birch Harbor vicinity of Gouldsboro. She attended and graduated from the public schools in Gouldsboro. Bernetta and Gerald began their adventure-filled, rewarding and remarkable lives as husband and wife in August 1939. Bernetta was a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Rebekah’s and Red Hat Society, and was a faithful congregant of Charleston Pentecostal Church. Throughout her life, Bernetta worked for Stinson Canning Co., Eastern Fine Paper, Bangor State Hospital and Westgate Manor. She was also co-owner of Hudson General Store and along with her husband, was a caretaker for the Granger family of Salinas, Calif., as well as the Sax family of Brookline, Mass. Bernetta volunteered as a Project Ride driver for 14 years. In addition, Bernetta was a staunch supporter of, and helpmate to, her husband in any and all of his diverse interests and pursuits. She was predeceased by not only her beloved husband of 64 years, Gerald E. Thompson Sr.; but by her parents, Harold and Rhoda Hayward; her brothers, Morris Hayward, Elwin Hayward and Lloyd Hayward; her son, Gerald E. Thompson Jr.; and her daughter, Mona B. Whitney. She is survived by her daughters, Geraldine M. and her husband, Earl Randall, of Hudson, Mercer A. Harrington and her fiance, Howard Jack, of Bradford, Rosemary C. and her husband, Franklin Randall Sr., Patricia L. Chasse of Warren and Beverly J. and her husband, Errol Hanson, of Bradford. She is also survived by her much loved 28 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; as well as her sister-in-law, Mary and her husband, Murray Cunningham, of Ipswich, Mass.; her sister-in-law, Daphine Hayward of Carson City, Nev.; her “other daughter,” Lisa Whitney of Bucksport; and her special friend of many years, Jeanette Edinger. Bernetta’s family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all of the love and care they have bestowed upon Bernetta, as well as to her many friends at Charleston Pentecostal Church for their unfailing love and friendship throughout the many years. In particular, Bernetta drew great inspiration from Soul’s Harbor Ministry. Bernetta’s life was a living example of Proverbs 31:10-31. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at Charleston Pentecostal Church, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Williams Cemetery, Bradford. Those who wish to remember and honor Bernetta in a special way may make donations in her name to Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Auxiliary, 103 Texas Ave., Bangor, ME 04401 or Soul’s Harbor Ministry, P.O. Box 275, Corinth, ME 04427. Please visit www.ThompsonFuneralHomes.org.
BERNETTA B. THOMPSON
Posted Oct. 10, 2010, at 7:06 p.m.