Bernice was born October 6, 1923 in Terell, Texas to J.C. petty and Susie Petty. Bernice was raised by her maternal grandparents Cain and Lula Rhodes. Bernice attended Burnett High School where she was an excellent student.
After graduating, she moved to California where she met her future husband Arcellus Stewart. Through this union they had two children, Yvonne Antoinette LaBoyteaux and Bruce Michael Stewart.
Bernice worked at the U.C.S.F. hospital for many years as a cashier in the dietary department. She was a well - liked and faithful employee and was awarded for her exemplary service. Upon retiring from U.C.S.F. she became the full - time caregiver for her ailing mother Susie Hatch until she passed away in 1994. As her husband Arcellus aged she also took on the role of his primary caregiver until his death in 2000.
Bernice was a faithful parishioner at St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito. She made many friends and was loved by all. She attended services each week and on holy days until she became physically unable to do so. She will be missed by all those who knew her. She was a beloved wife, mother, aunt, cousin and friend.