Bernice LaVona came into the world on August 1, 1910, at home, on a 40 acre farm south of Lyons, Ohio. She was the fifth child of Parley K. and Jennie Mae (Hawkins) Gillespie.
On March 1, 1936, she was united in marriage with Alton Otto Theodore Demlow, and they lived on Maple Avenue for 66 years, until his death on October 9, 2002. To this union were born two children, Dr. Jean Demlow (George) Parmley of Tipton, and James (Joan) Demlow, of Clayton.
Bernice attended the Tecumseh Church of the Nazarene and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Adrian, she loved to crochet, and make afghans for her grandchildren, she was a lover of cats and dogs, and had many of her own over the years. She especially enjoyed music and playing her ukulele. She will surely be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Bernice passed into eternal life on June 11, 2011 at the age of 100 years, 10 months, and 10 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as brothers and sisters; Hazel Smelts, Huron Gillespie, Mildred Hallett Fuller, Lester Gillespie, and Doris Gillespie, a grandson; Eric Parmley in 2010.
She leaves behind to mourn, her children, Jean, with who she made her home with after the death of her husband, and Jim, and their spouses, seven grandchildren; Timothy (Jennifer) Demlow of Adrian, Jeffrey (Sarah) Demlow of Flint, Daniel (Daisy) Demlow of Ypsilanti, Christine Lobkovich of Clayton, Andrew (Stephanie) Parmley of Whitehall, Cheryl (Orlando) Villarreal of Houston, TX, and Vicky (Carl) Boswell of Jasper, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.