Bernice Wilcoxson, formerly of Roswell, Tucson and Las Cruces, completed her 97th year plus 5 days on this earth before changing her residence in Ruidoso Downs to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and the angels on December 3, 2018. Being a child and young woman during the Great Depression taught her value, self-reliance and appreciation of what one has. In her 30s, Bernice obtained the beginnings of her adult education when Eastern New Mexico University first opened a branch college in Roswell. She worked in the New Mexico Military Institute Library for seven years and followed with a successful career at Tucson Gannett Newspapers until her retirement.
As a loving grandparent and great grandparent, Bernice enjoyed sharing her home and meals with loved ones, overnight or longer, whatever the need, and thoroughly enjoyed the closeness of family. She was a woman of great faith and enjoyed expanding her knowledge of the Bible and was an awesome teammate and formidable opponent in Bible Trivia.
Survivors include daughter Bonnie Richardson, son and daughter-in-law Charles and Sherry Wilcoxson, daughter and son-in-law Terri Belle Anne and Wayne Harlan, son Gayle Wilcoxson, 10 grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, five sisters, two brothers and son-in-law Bobby (Bob) Richardson as well as her lifelong friend in Roswell, NM, Ruby Godby. A Celebration of her life is pending.