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Bernice Rogers Elliott

Bernice Rogers Elliott, 91, of Sylva, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday July 4, 2019. She was born in Tellico Plains, Tennessee and grew up in Graham County, NC. She was the daughter of the late Walter J. Evans and Grace Shaw Evans. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Harold Richard Rogers, her husbands; James Glenn Rogers and Archie V. Elliott, brothers; Lesley Evans, Bill Evans, J.D. Evans and Claude Evans, sisters; Jean McKeldrey Orren and Joann Evans Higdon. 

She is survived by her daughter; Lois Rogers Cline and son-in-law John of Franklin

Granddaughter- Sonia Irene Hooper of Sylva

Sister- Ethel Evans Cunningham of Andrews, NC

She retired from Skyland Textile in Sylva and was a member of East Sylva Baptist Church. She loved sewing, quilting, working in her garden and flowers, canning, cooking, sitting on her porch and spending time with family and friends. 

A Celebration of her life will be held 11:00 am Friday July 12, 2019 at East Sylva Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Dean officiating. The family will recieve friends immediatley following the Service at the Church. 

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Bernice was a wonderful wife and partner for my father, Archie, for 26 years. I feel that this wonderful love they had extended my father's life by many years. Whether working in the garden or cooking, these two were inseparable. May they now enjoy each others' companionship again in heaven. My prayers are with you Lois during this time of grief.

Philip Elliott Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

Bernice was a loving, creative woman who shared her love of flowers with our community for many years. I have plants growing in my garden that she shared with me and I think of her so often. Bernice was an accomplished quilter and her catherdral window quilts were especially beautiful. I marveled at her ability to garden, cook, clean, sew and always have time to sit a spell and talk. Her daughter Lois takes after her mother in so many ways and our love and prayers go out to Lois and her family. Bernice will be greatly missed.

Gayle Woody Jul 11 2019 12:00 AM

Lois we are so sorry for your loss . Your mother was a wonderful lady and will be in our hearts for a long time.

Gloria Gay Wilkes and Mickey Jul 11 2019 12:00 AM

Lois, I am so sorry about Bernice. She was such a sweet, pretty lady. She was always so good to me. From the time she kept an eye on me in 1st grade, selling ice cream at the school, to my later years. She and my mother were good friends for many, many years too. I loved her laugh and her smile. She was a special lady and will be missed by many. Prayers for you through the coming days.

Sandy Buchanan Muller Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

Lois, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She had 91 years on this earth and God needed to call her home. She was a very sweet person. Lois, may you be comforted today and days ahead. Judy

Judy and Dennis Wilkey Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

Evelyn Greer Jul 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bernice Elliott

Evelyn Greer Jul 7 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your families loss. Your mom was just a joy to spend time with. Yes were glad she's gone home, but sorry for those that are left behind, without her. God Bless you all. D &K

Dennis and Kay Cooper Jul 6 2019 12:00 AM

Lois, This picture of your mother is beautiful. I enjoyed seeing Bernice when she was at Skyland. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Cherish the good memories. Sincerely, Madge

Madge Stillwell Jul 5 2019 12:00 AM

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