Bernice Ethel Watters

Aug 01, 1925 - May 24, 2021

Bernice Ethel Watters

August 01, 1925 - May 24, 2021


Bernice E. Watters, 95, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Monday, May 24, 2021, at WestWing Place in DeWitt, Iowa.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, June 4, 2021 at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 10 A.M. until service time on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is in charge of the arrangements.

Bernice Ethel Hopson was born on August 1, 1925 near Iron Hill in Jackson County, Iowa, to James and Flora (Dutton) Hopson. She was a 1943 graduate of Maquoketa High School where arithmetic was her favorite subject. This love for math led her to a career in the banking industry. First working at Jackson State Bank and then Maquoketa State Bank where she was in the lending department and worked under the Vice President of the bank.

Bernice met her future husband when he moved into her neighborhood in her younger years. She married Milton M. Watters on May 5, 1946 in Maquoketa, Iowa. They had two daughters, Janiece and Joellen.

Bernice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa and enjoyed dancing and playing cards. She always liked an adventure, loved to travel and had been all over world except for Antarctica. She was especially proud of her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Janiece (and husband Dale Hinz) Mackenzie of Elwood, IA, and Joellen Wilson of Busselton, Western Australia; 4 grandchildren, Keesha, Sol, Abbie and Kate; 9 great-grandchildren; a special friend and companion since 1986 Jerry Feugen; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Milton on January 5, 1982, 4 brothers Earl, Francis, Ralph and Walter, and a sister Pearl Stoll.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Bernice E. Watters memorial fund has been established.

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Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
First United Methodist Church

Wesley Drive
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 11:30 am
First United Methodist Church

Wesley Drive
Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

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