Bernice Eugenia Akers

March 22, 1917August 8, 2011

Bernice Durham Akers 1917-2011

Bernice Durham Henny passed away at home surrounded by loved ones on August 8, 20ll. She was born in Oakland, California on March 22, 1917. She graduated from Placer High School in 1935 and attended Placer College.

She married William Durham in 1938 and had four children. Although her beauty won her multiple titles including Miss Auburn in 1937, her true passion was business. She had her own independent insurance agency for 24 years in Auburn. Additionally, after purchasing Kathi’s Apparel in 1964, she also opened Casual Air and Village Fashions on Lincoln Way.

Bernice served on and received awards from numerous Placer Co./City of Auburn boards and committees over the years. Most notable was presiding as President of the Auburn Chamber 1980-81 and receiving the Auburn Chamber & Placer County Distinguished Neighborly Native Award in 1977.

She was a longtime member of the Auburn Soroptimist Club, the Auburn Business & Professional Women’s Club and the Auburn Catholic Ladies Relief Society. In retirement, she also volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Auburn Faith Hospital.

Bernice was predeceased by her husband William Durham, husband Everett Akers, and her sister, Anita Blackford. She is survived by her son Bill Durham and wife, Jimmie, son Dennis Durham, daughter Linda Durham, daughter Gayle Scott and husband, Ben, step-daughter Nancy Yingst, “adopted” son Robert Littlejohn, sister June Marshall and husband Herb, sister-in-law Ginna Akers, niece Kathy Schroeder and husband Tom, nephew Greg Marshall and wife, Diane, granddaughters Stacia Loe and Stephanie Boyce, 4 great grandchildren, and other cherished family members.

Bernice was loving and fiercely devoted to her family and friends. Her passing will leave an irreplaceable void in many lives. There will be a private celebration of Bernice’s life at a later date. Donations may be made in Bernice’s memory to Placer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), 11641 Blocker Dr., Auburn, CA 95603 or Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice, 11775 Education St., Ste. 201, Auburn, CA 95602. Arrangements under the direction of Chapel of the Hills, Auburn, CA.


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Mary Bacus Thiede

August 29, 2011

I worked for Bernice and Linda years ago. She was an amazing, confident, get it done lady.

Keira Lake

August 21, 2011

I worked for Bernice for several years in all three of her stores. I have fond memories of her . What a dynamic woman she was. She will be missed greatly!

August 18, 2011

Want to send a card to faimly of Bernice. Please email me at for a mail address.

Gordon Rose

August 18, 2011

Aunt Bea was a special person who brought a warm light into our family when she married Uncle Everett. She will be missed, but forever remembered.

August 17, 2011

What an amazing lady. So sorry to hear of Bernice's passing. She was such a good friend to both of my parents, Bill and Genevieve Walker. She will certainly be missed by her family, friends, and the community.

Our heartfelt condolences,
Cheryl Walker Dashiell and David Dashiell

August 17, 2011

Bernice was a wonderful lady with a good eye for fashion. I remember shopping at Kathy's and her wonderful advice for making selections. I still have some of those beautiful clothes in my closet. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Evelyn Hubbard

Michael Onewing

August 17, 2011

What a wonderful powerful woman she was / is. She raised four great people, created cozy homes, established successful businesses and helped her town so much. I have sweet memories of Bernice and her family.
Much love to all, Michael Sommers Onewing

Steve Rigney

August 17, 2011

My condolences to the Akers clan.