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Obituary: Bernice D. Wallace

Bernice D. Wallace, beloved wife, mother and musician died from ovarian cancer at her home in Prescott, Ariz., on Oct. 19, 2012.

Born March 8, 1933, in Newport, Ky., Bernice Deaton grew up and attended public schools in Vine Grove until she enrolled at Western Kentucky University. She worked for a time at Ft. Knox, but having earned a teaching certificate, she became an exceptional middle school teacher in Owensboro.

In 1958, she married Lt. Andrew Wallace at Ft. Knox and moved to Tucson, Ariz. The next year they went to Chula Vista, Calif., where she cared for their first child and Andrew taught one year at Coronado High School.

Back in Tucson from 1960 to 1968, Bernice taught school, worked at several jobs and raised two children. The family moved to Flagstaff where Andrew taught at Northern Arizona University and their third child was born. Bernice worked various jobs and was active in Girl and Boy Scouts, the choral society, NAU faculty wives, and in her church.

After her children left home, Bernice enjoyed retirement in Flagstaff before moving to Prescott in 1999. She sang in the Prescott Congregational Church choir, played in the bell choir and managed the church memorial committee.

Bernice is survived by her husband; daughters, Andrea Lewis of Cottonwood, Ariz., and Mary Dragone of Boise, Idaho; son, Robert Wallace of Bowling Green, Ohio; brother, Charles Deaton; sister, Freda Blair of Elizabethtown, Ky.; grandchildren, Julia Wadey, Andrew Lewis and Logan Lewis; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the First Congregational Church of Prescott, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott, Ariz.

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