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Bernice Jean (Welch) Jolliff
Bernice Jean (Welch) JolliffLilyBernice Jean (Welch) Jolliff, 91 of Magnetic Springs, died peacefully Tuesday July 20, 2021 surrounded by  her daughters.

She was born January 31, 1930 in Marysville to the late Russell and Lois (Walke) Welch. She was preceded in death, 7 weeks prior, by her husband (James) Donald Jolliff whom she married November 2, 1951. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Donald Eugene Welch and Kenneth L. Welch; and a granddaughter Lorrie Lynn Clady.

Bernice graduated in 1947, a year ahead of schedule, from Leesburg-Magnetic High School as the class Valedictorian. She worked at Scotts and the Union County Auditor prior to her marriage to Don. They lived in their homeplace farm on Askins Road for nearly 67 years before moving in to Assisted Living. She was Don's helpmate in the farm fields - driving tractor, helping move machinery and finding hundreds of arrowheads along the way.

Bernice joined Don's love of nature tending to countless beautiful flower beds, the relaxing goldfish-filled lily pad pond and orchestrating the transplanting process in the greenhouses allowing her and Don to share the bounty of colorful annuals to family, friends, and neighbors. Bernice enjoyed painting as well as silversmith work, making southwest silver jewelry. Quilting was an evening hobby, piecing together heirlooms for years to come. Though she loved her hobbies and handiwork, nothing came close to her love for her kids and grandkids, having a nickname for each one.

Surviving are daughters, Donna (Bob) Clady of Richwood and Kathy Griffith of Bellefontaine; grandchildren: Holli (Eric) Musser, Morgan (Josh) Ream, Heather (Eric) Couch and Gaile (Jeremy) Gildow; great-grandchildren: Emily Musser, Paige Comer, Trent Comer, Colton Musser, Brett Gildow, Wade Gildow, Reed Comer, Gracelyn Couch and Lane Couch; sisters-in-law: Leila Jolliff, Marcia Welch and Sharon (Joseph Robinson); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as countless friends and neighbors with whom she shared her jokes and love.

Funeral Services will be Monday, July 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Judy Cramer officiating. To watch the Livestream of the service open the Facebook app and like our page, or click here Watch the Livestream
Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 at the funeral home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts to honor Bernice's Legacy may be made to the Union County Foundation. Checks should include Don Jolliff Family Scholarship in the memo line. This scholarship will benefit a youth going into the field of agriculture.

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#1 from: Marilyn Coleman
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 12:42 PM

I enjoyed many visits with your mom and dad. I am so sorry for your loss. They touched many people. You will meet again.

#2 from: Bobb Swihart
Indian lake
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:32 PM

Sorry for your loss prayers

#3 from: Janet (Somerlot) Taylor
Texarkana AR
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:51 PM

Donna and family, My deepest condolences to all of you. I will be remembering you in prayer in the loss of both your parents. Cherish the wonderful memories. God bless you. Sincerely, Janet

#4 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 2:59 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all. She was a very talented woman and loved her flowers and jewelry.You hate to lose a loved one but she and Don were always together and now again forever. Our prayers are with you.

#5 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 3:48 PM

Donna and Family. My deepest sympathy to  you and your family. May Gods love be a source of strength  Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  

#6 from: Pam Laucher
Thu, Jul 22, 2021 at 7:37 PM

Donna—so sorry to learn of the passing of your Mom.  Please know I’m thinking of you in this tough time.


#7 from: Dan and Darlene Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 5:57 AM

We wish to extend our sympathy to Bernice Jean,s family, I think I've known Bernice and Don as good friends and neighbors all my life. I don't remember ever seeing her when she wasn't smiling. God Bless you all

#8 from: Nancy Clute Wiley
Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 8:05 AM

So Sorry to hear of Bernice's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

#9 from: Jerry Moore
Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 12:25 PM

Donna Kathy, so sorry for another loss. Prayers for you all.

#10 from: Jeff and Amy Price
Sat, Jul 24, 2021 at 3:53 PM

Bernice was always so warm and welcoming and eager to give hugs. She will be missed! Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

#11 from: Dana Warrix
Sun, Jul 25, 2021 at 4:54 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Bernice was a wonderful friend and we shared so many great memories. I loved our pizza and game nights, she taught me many things. She always called Chuck, Chuckie and they shared many laughs together. She will always hold a special place in our hearts.

#12 from: The (Australia) Robinsons
Brisbane, Australia
Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 2:35 AM

Donna & Kathy - Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.  We certainly enjoyed visiting Uncle Donald and Aunt Bernice's house (even it we had to load firewood all day).  The food was always awesome and my favourite is still corn on the cob, closely followed by Old Bay Shrimp and beef & noodles! - Regards, Jeff, Rachel, Chloe, and Arabella.

#13 from: Judy. Leibold Cunningham
Prospect, Oh
Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 6:29 AM

To Donna Clady and family I'm so sorry for the loss of your Mother, grandmother,  she will be missed!! May your sweet memories live on!

#14 from: Keith,Vicki Forrider
Radnor, Ohio
Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 10:04 PM

Donna, Sorry to hear about your Mom. We were on vacation to Andrea’s in Colorado. Our prayers are with you and your family.

#15 from: Tonja
Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 10:58 AM

I rented 2 places from these lovely people for 15 years and was blessed to care for them in their time of need. I loved them dearly and their beautiful family also. We will meet again in Glory

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