Bernice Rutherford has entered eternal rest with her Mother Grace Roberts and her two Sons Stanley and Samuel Rutherford. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina and came to New York in 1955 after graduating from High School.
She married her high school sweetheart and they had three children. She always wanted to be a nurse and took the steps necessary to achieve that goal. She was employed at Morrisania Hospital as a nurse's aide and graduated from the Central Nurses Residence for Licensed Practical Nurses in 1963. Ms. Rutherford then attended Bronx Community College in 1972 and attained her Nursing B.S. Degree in Community Health and Gerontology from Mercy College. Finally, her dream to become a registered nurse materialized. She was employed as Head Nurse at Harlem Hospital, retiring in 1999.
Upon retirement, she became actively involved with many organizations associated with the elderly in our community. She served as Financial Secretary of the Renaissance Auxiliary also serving as Coordinator of their Good & Welfare Committee, was a member of the Significant Elders of Harlem; the Coalition of 100 Black Women; the National Council of Negro Women; a volunteer for the Schomburg Research Library; the African Burial Ground; Harlem Chamber of Commerce; the Missionary Ministry of
Abyssinian Baptist Church; the Retired Senior Volunteer Program [RSVP]; attended the Kennedy Community Center where she enjoyed playing Dominoes with her friends there, she also enjoyed volunteering with Friendly Visits for the elderly.
Bernice leaves to mourn and cherish fond memories: her daughter Elaine, Six Grandchildren, Monika, Aisha and her husband Chuck, Shaquana, Christine and Jennifer. Thirteen great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and a host of family in South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, and many close dear friends all around.
Bernice will be dearly missed. She touched many hearts, and she will surely live on through us all.