Mrs. Bernice Nelson, 86, of Silver Spring, passed away on June 11, 2022 at Casey House Hospice after a brief illness. She was the loving wife of CSM Herman D. Nelson, USA (Ret.), her husband of 63+ years.
Bernice was born June 1, 1936 in Bakersville, NC, daughter of the late Green and Julie M. Ledford. She met Herman in Middle River, Maryland and they were married in Essex after a nearly 8-year courtship. Together they travelled the world living at various duty stations in the United States, Germany and Turkey. During her career as an Army wife, Bernice volunteered with family services programs, the schools on base, and operated the popcorn machine during the evening hours at the base movie theater. She also worked for Meloy Labs while the family lived in Springfield, Virginia. Bernice was a member of St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Derwood where she was an all-around committed and involved member in many church activities including crocheting and quilting.
In addition to her loving husband, Bernice is survived by two daughters, Brenda Sue Toms & husband Steven, and Teresa Louise Gallahan & husband James; grandchildren, James Patrick Gallahan and Joseph Michael Gallahan & fiancé Scarlett Clark; a sister, Beulah Sparks, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Lela Ayers, Blanche Jackson, Ethel Ryder, Doyle Ledford and Dalis Ledford.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 18th from 2 – 3 PM at the Resthaven Funeral Home & Community Center, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Highway in Frederick where a funeral service will begin at 3:00 PM. Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Floral tributes are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Casey House Hospice (montgomeryhospice.org)
A livestream of the funeral service may be viewed by clicking the link from Mrs. Nelson’s obituary at www.resthaven.us