Bernice Latimer of Litchfield Park, Arizona passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013. She was born in Konawa, Oklahoma on March 22, 1921 to John and Florence Howell.
Her life was devoted to helping others as a nurse in hospitals and doctor's offices on both coasts which included time spent in Boston, Los Angeles and Fresno, California. During her career she was a surgical nurse, supervised the nursing staff of an emergency room and served as chief nurse in the office of doctors of neurology and plastic surgery.
Bernice loved to travel and discover new places. In 1979, during a vacation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she met Gene Latimer. It was there that the two became acquainted, carried on a brief long distance relationship, she in California and he in Denton, and quickly fell in love. They were married in Denton County Texas on July 16, 1980 and remained in Denton until Gene's death in 1995.
In 1996, Bernice moved from Denton to Sun City, Arizona where she enjoyed a variety of local events, including the symphony, theatre productions, the opera, ballet, museums and an occasional Arizona Diamondback baseball game. She loved the outdoors. Stepson, Joe Latimer fondly remembers that during his visits to Phoenix, he and Bernice would often hop in the car for day trips, traveling through the area's national parks and mountains, taking in the spectacular beauty of the places visited.
Bernice was a selfless individual who helped and supported others often anonymously. She will be missed by those whose life she touched. Stepsons Gene and Joe Latimer and niece Margaret Graeber would like to give special thanks to the staff at La Loma Care Center in Litchfield Park, Arizona where Bernice resided following a stroke in 2005.
Bernice had five sisters, Lou, Maud, Barbara, Naomi and Margaret and one brother, Jerome. She is survived by stepsons Gene Latimer III of Lake Dallas, Joe Latimer and wife Joni of Houston, and many nieces and nephews.
Bernice will be laid to rest next to husband Gene Latimer Jr. in a private ceremony at Greenwood mausoleum in Ft Worth, Texas.