Berniece married Lester "Leck" Lance on October 12, 1935, in Kennett. Married for almost 45 years, both were hard working farmers. They built their home on the County Line Road where they raised eight children. Berniece moved to town after her husband's death in 1979.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three sons, Gaylord, Danny "Lugie", and (infant) Barry Lance.
Also preceding were four brothers, John Jr., James, Lee, and Jerry Sparks, one sister, Anna Jean Barton, two brothers-in-law, Rayburn Chism and John C. Barton.
Berniece is survived by one sister, Norma Fern Chism, of Plummerville, Ark.; three sisters-in-law, Bonnie Sparks, of Independence, Mo., Margie Sparks, of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Vera Sparks, of Falls Church, Va.; her first daughter-in-law, Barbara Lance Pace, of Woodstock, Ga.
She leaves behind five children, Gerald Lance, Terry Lance and wife, Deborah, Linda Higgins and husband, John, all of Kennett, Joan Robbins and husband, Buddy, of Seffner, Fla., Phillip Lance and wife, Etta Faye, of Piggott, Ark. Berniece is also survived by and blessed with thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Grandchildren are, Tim Lance, Kym Bennett, Elizabeth Stiefvator, Monica Goss, Dawna Gay, Larry "Toby" Robbins, Brian Kirby, Shawn Harden, Melissa Mysch, Caeden Schubert, Kris Higgins, Tressa Martin, and Jason Lance.
Great-grandchildren are, Joe and Carter Lance, Jarrett and Tiara Martin, Montana and Macy Gay, Kayla and Ericha Mysch, Matt and Jake Bennett, Liberty and Ruth Kirby, Waylon Goss, Tyler Robbins, Hayden and Layne Higgins and one great-great-grandon, Braydon Cash Martin. Her extended family also includes many neices, nephews and friends.
In her neighborhood, she was lovingly known simply as "Granny." She was always ready to sit and talk with anyone who came by to visit or just to say "hello."
Berniece was a jolly soul who loved to tell stories of the good ole days. She had very clear memories of the hard times in the past and the good ones as well.
She worked hard to take care of her family and never complained about what she didn't have.
As a child, she was brought up in the ways of the Lord from her own beloved mother. She leaned upon God's strength for man sad times in her life and He brought her through them all.
Now she has gone on to be with those who left before her and the Lord whom she trusted all of her days.
She will be sadly missed by her family and all of those who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m, to 2 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2011 at McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, August 5, at the McDaniel Chapel in Kennett with Rev. Zach Parr and Kris Higgins officiating.
Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Kennett.
Pallbearers will be Jason Lance, Tim Lance, Kris Higgins, Jarrett Martin, Larry Harden and Joe Lance. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Lance, Terry Lance, Phil Lance, Damon Bush, Terry Bradley, and Howard Burton.
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.