Bernice Evelyn Rumage

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Bernice Evelyn Rumage passed away Thursday April 18, 2019 in Jacksboro, Texas at the age of 93 years old.

Bernice was born February 22, 1926 in the Silver Hill Community in Jack County, Texas. She was the daughter of Frank H. and Annie Kitty (Burch) Riddle. She and the Late James Thomas “JT” Rumage married February 9,1946 in Mineral Wells, Texas. 

Bernice worked as a labor and delivery nurse and loved and took great joy in taking care of the babies that were born. She was also a surgical nurse and managed Bogart Industries. She was a member of the First Baptist Church Jacksboro and served on the kitchen committee for many years and ensured every family had homemade hot rolls at each funeral. On one particular Thanksgiving, she was asked by the ladies to teach them to make those hot rolls. Many may remember her fried apricot pies that were served from time to time. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband JT, and brothers and sisters.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Janis Bessalaar and husband Frank of Jacksboro, Texas; Jim Rumage and wife, Debbie of Breckenridge, Texas; sister, Lillian Gossett Priddy of Bowie, Texas; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held Monday, April 22 at the First Baptist Church of Jacksboro. Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery.

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