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Bernice Wills

Bernice Wills (Evans)

Tuesday, May 13th, 1924 - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
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Bernice Marie (Evans) Wills was born on May 13, 1924 to Luther Evans Sr and Gladys Evans in New Bedford, MA. She was one of six children who have since predeceased her; they are Luther Evans Jr, Audrey Evans, Harriet Fisher, Andrew Evans and June Evans. After some years went by the family relocated to New York where they ended up in Queens in a quaint house where they were all raised. Bernice and her siblings were very close and as time went along, she realized she had a very special gift with sewing. Even at a young age she began sewing clothes and enjoyed her God given talent. Years later Bernice would make clothes with her Singer sewing machine for family members and friends. Everything from a simple shirt, skirt to prom dresses and gowns. She took her talent to another level and learned how to crochet. She didn’t need an excuse to crochet baby blankets, hats, gloves, shawls, king size bed spreads, sweaters and more. She would crochet your whole house if you allowed her to. She did it out of the pure joy and pleasure and to make others happy.

One day she was invited to a party for a gentleman in the military. She was only 19 years old and almost didn’t go to the party. Her sisters encouraged to attend and there, in the house that sat behind her parents was where Lawrence Wills Sr (deceased) and his brother Andrew Wills (deceased) lived with their aunt. When both her and Lawrence met it was an instant connection and they became good friends, later on dated and then got married April 19th, 1947. They were married inside of her parents home and started their life together in holy matrimony. Her family immediately grew as Lawrence also had five siblings and over time most of them were married.

In 1949 they welcomed their first bundle of joy to the world, Marguerite Wills (deceased) and they realized that they wanted to grow their family and moved into their first and only house in South Ozone Park, NY in 1956 where she lived for 60 years before moving into assisted living. After Marguerite, they were blessed with their daughters Hilda Douglas, Dorethea Washington (deceased), Evelyn Washington (deceased) and Lawrence Wills Jr. Thank goodness they now had a beautiful home with a backyard to raise five children. Bernice often talked about how entertaining her household was and that there was never a dull moment in the Wills household! She was a wonderful Aunt and had a close relationship with her niece Fern Fisher and always considered her as another daughter. Her sister Harriet and Bernice raised their kids together. Bernice would go on to watch her children and niece do many things from professional dance, corporate leadership, education and law.

Bernice began working for the United States Postal Service in the late 60’s, where she later retired on January 2, 1987. She loved her work and colleagues. A few became very close friends over the years and even after retirement, kept in touch. In 1975 Bernice and Lawrence welcomed the first of six grandchildren, Serena Wills (daughter of Marguerite Wills), in 1983 Ayana Wills (deceased) and daughter of Dorethea Washington and was then adopted by Marguerite Wills, 1984 Christopher Douglas (son of Kirk and Hilda Douglas), 1989 Christina Wills (adopted by Marguerite Wills), 1997 Tyler Wills and 2001 Bryce Wills (son’s of Lawrence Wills Jr and Annette Wills).

After Bernice lost the love of her life Lawrence Wills Sr on April 8, 2001 at the age of 82, she said she made a vow to him to be around for the family a while longer and that she did. She wanted to live a full life, see more great things happen and enjoy retirement. In 2011 she was thrilled to welcome her first great grandchild Jordan Ince (son of Serena Wills) into the world. She had a milestone checklist for her grandchildren and now great grandchild and was able to see all of them accomplish so much and was very proud of each of them!
She was a loving mother-in-law to her son-in-law (Kirk Douglas, husband of Hilda Douglas) and daughter-in-law Annette Wills (wife of Lawrence Wills, Jr). She told them from the very beginning after the wedding to, “Please call me Mom.” She was always open to all to be a listening ear and a source of guidance. Bernice would say how much of a blessing it was to see the family grow and was blessed with her “in-loves.” They each incredible memories with her that will be cherished forever.

Throughout her 96 years she traveled to the Caribbean where she loved the warmth of the sun, would drive up and down the highway to Rhode Island with Lawrence to see his brothers, sister, nieces and nephews and every time they stepped a foot out the car, it was a party! She loved hanging out with her girlfriends Lillian Shay, Lillian Booker and Yvonne Lima, she loved shopping, bowled on a winning team for the US Postal Service, watched NFL and NBA games (oh yes she did) and her infamous game shows. Everyone knew not to call her between 7:00-8:00pm while she was watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

Bernice Wills was the last surviving out of her siblings mentioned above and their spouses, her husband Lawrence Wills Sr and his siblings (John Wills, Alfred Wills, Dorothy Craighead, Fred Wills and Andrew Wills). She was a very strong woman after having to lay three daughters and a granddaughter to rest all before she closed her eyes one last time on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. She prided herself on being healthy and striving to live a long life. She is loved and will be missed deeply by all of those she has predeceased including her daughter Hilda Douglas, son-in-law Kirk Douglas, son Lawrence Wills Jr and daughter-in-law Annette Wills, niece Fern Fisher and her children Sean (father of Zoey and Antonio) and Ashley Brandveen, granddaughter Serena Wills, Christopher Douglas, Tyler Wills and Bryce Wills and great grandson Jordan Ince (son of Serena Wills) and a host of family.

Her heart was open like a beautiful book that tells a loving story as she loved so many people, showed immense compassion and was an example of how someone could be strong, stand on God’s word and encouraged everyone to go after their dreams and be happy. As she shines down from heaven, she is a reflection of the bible verse in the first book of Corinthians chapter 13 as Bernice believed these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Rest in eternal peace Bernice Wills.


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    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    Calverton National Cemetery
    210 Princeton Blvd
    CALVERTON, NY 11933
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    Private graveside services have already been held.
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  • Interment

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 2:00pm
    Calverton National Cemetery
    210 Princeton Blvd
    CALVERTON, NY 11933
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