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Bernice M. Todd

Bernice M  Todd obit photo1Bernice M. Todd, age 95, of Gifford, Illinois and formerly of Huron, died in her sleep on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at the Country Health and Rehab Center at Gifford, Illinois. Her memorial service was held at 1 PM Friday, April 17th at Kuhler Funeral Home.  Private burial was held in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Huron Congregational United Church of Christ.

 Bernice was born November 1, 1919, at Huron, South Dakota.  She was one of five children of Leslie “Mike” Tyrrell and Mildred (Harrison) Tyrrell. Bernice grew up on a farm in Beadle County, South Dakota and graduated from Huron High School in 1937. She later attended the business college in Huron.

 On July 26, 1941, Bernice married Harold J. Todd of Wessington, at the Congregational Church in Huron.  They made their home in Huron. They had one child, Robert “Bob” Todd, born in 1946. 

 She was employed at the Beadle County Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service for many years retiring as head of the loan department in the early sixties.

 Bernice was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Huron for many years. Her family and extended family members were her greatest joy. Bernice loved humor, enjoyed coffee times with friends and neighbors, playing bridge, reading, doing the daily crossword puzzle, travel, and in her later years, her special friendship with constant lunch and rides companion, friend and neighbor, Bob Olson.

 Bernice was a resident of Huron until 2013, when she moved to Illinois to be closer to her son Bob and family. She was blessed to live a long full life.  We will miss her spunk, independent spirit, ready smile, and joyous laugh. Mom, we love you. Rest in peace.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Harold in 1994; and her three sisters; Devona Parlee, Betty Cooper, and Eunice Tyrrell.

Grateful for having shared in her live are one brother, Phillip Tyrrell of Palm Desert, California; and one son, Robert K. (Diane) Todd of Champaign, Illinois. Also surviving her are two grandchildren; Laurie Todd Rodriguez (Benjamin) of Madrid, Spain; and Michael (Amy) Todd of Savoy, Illinois; and five great-grandchildren; Ryan of Charleston, South Carolina, Cody and Kendell of Illinois, and Sofia and Nicolas of Madrid, Spain.

 The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Country Health and Rehab Center for their care, support and friendship.

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