On the evening of March 10, 2020 our beloved Mother went to be with our Lord.
Bernice was one of 16 children born to Charles and Mary Duncan. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she grew up poor but blessed to have enjoyed the relationships that came with being in a large family. She worked many jobs in her young life and with the outbreak of WWII, she worked as Rosie the Riveter, one of many women who worked in factories and shipyards welding and helping to produce munitions and war supplies. It was during this time she met the love of her life, Duane Dockins, a handsome young Merchant Marine whose ship was docked in Portland. They were married in June of 1947 and remained a dedicated twosome celebrating their 71st Wedding Anniversary on June 27, 2018 until the passing of Duane in March 2019.
They spent their first few years together living in the small farming town of Clyde, Kansas. In 1952, they moved to Oregon and soon after started their family of two daughters and two sons. Bernice spent her entire life as a homemaker and took pride in always putting her family first. Bernice was known for her home cooking learned from her Polish mother and grandmother. She loved to bake and was the one everyone came to when they needed a cake for a special occasion as she decorated them beautifully. Bernice enjoyed working in the garden, puzzles, playing Bingo and country music. One of her prized possessions was her picture with Vince Gill.
She is survived by her children; Darla Bauer of Newport, Sharon Dockins of South Beach, Steve Dockins of Philomath and Joe (Shelly) Dockins of Eddyville; grandchildren Michael, Melissa, Jace, Derik, Brice, Kelly, Matt, Taylor and Triston; 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bernice is also survived by sister-in-law Julia Harper of Beaver City, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Duane and her 15 siblings.
Bernice was the glue that kept her family close and felt it was one of her greatest accomplishments. She will be missed by all that knew her for her kindness, generosity and living ways.