BANGOR and BREWER – Berneice E. “Bunny” Thompson, 94, died Jan. 4, 2014, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born May 22, 1919, in Enfield, to Edith (Allen) and John Thompson.
Bunny attended elementary school in West Enfield and graduated from Howland High School in 1936. She graduated from the University of Maine-Orono in 1943 with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and earned her Master of Education degree from UMO in 1956. She later received her Master of Library Service from UMO in 1967. Berneice started her teaching career at Leavitt Institute in Turner Center in 1943 and then became Home Economics teacher at Brewer High School in 1945 until 1966, at which time she became Librarian at Brewer High School until 1968. She served as Husson College (now Husson University) Librarian until her retirement in 1986. While at Brewer HS, she received a Certificate of Merit from the Brewer School Administration. Berniece’s life was one of service to others as she served as a volunteer and member in many groups. She was involved as an advisor with the Future Homemakers of America, a Y-Teen advisor, Literacy Volunteer tutor, seamstress at Westgate Manor, RSVP, Eastern Maine Technical College (now EMCC) Library, Athene Club, University of Maine Alumni Association, Bangor Nature Club, Brewer Garden and Bird Club, Humane Society of America, Maine Library Association, Foreign Student Advisor at Husson, National Association of Student Advisors, Retired Teachers of Penobscot County, Epsilon Delta Alumnae Sorority and Altrusa International of which she was a past president. Berneice was an avid Red Sox fan and kept her score pad right along with each game. Her other major love in her life was her cats.
Berneice is survived by a nephew, Ray Thompson and his wife, Carolyn, of Brewer; and nieces, Pauline Doane and her husband, Milton, of Enfield and Dorothy Williams and her husband, Bill, of Sun City, Ariz. She is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews; many, many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and many, many, many great-great-great-nieces and great-great-great-nephews. Bunny had many wonderful life-long friends. She will be greatly missed. She was predeceased by her brothers, Robert and Frederick Thompson; and a sister, Bessie Albert. She was also predeceased by her nephew, Richard Thompson; and nieces, Alice Rinas, Dallas Parker, and Betty Steeves. The family thanks the staff and residents of Phillips-Strickland House for helping her live “The life of Riley” these past three years. The family also thanks the staff of Ross Manor for the loving care she received in her final days.
At Berneice’s request there will be no funeral. A celebration of her life will be held in June on a date to be announced. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.