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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Bernice W. Ledford

September 6, 1928May 8, 2020
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Bernice W. Ledford, age 91, of Charlotte, NC died at Pineville Rehab Living Center on May 8, 2020. Bernice was born September 6,1928 in Piedmont, SC.

Bernice graduated from Piedmont High School and Anderson School of Nursing with extensive courses at Duke University. She was a nurse at Mercy Hospital, was an Occupational Health Nurse at Belk Department Store, and later retired from IBM and Liberty Mutual.

Bernice was a member of the National Judges Association for Miss America Preliminary Pageants. She was an original member of the Charlotte Chapter of The Daughters of the Nile, Latona 154. This organization assisted with raising funds for the Shriners Hospital. She served as Queen and a loyal and faithful member for 33 years.

Bernice is survived by her sons Mike (Ginger) Ledford and Mark (Karen) Ledford; plus four grandchildren Brian, Erica, Greyson and Camden Ledford; brothers Wilborn (Margaret) Wallace, Bradley (Louise) Wallace and Bill (Faye) Wallace.

Bernice is preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Dennis Ledford, parents J. Louis and Margie M. Wallace, brother Jesse L. Wallace and sister Delphine Hope.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at McEwen Funeral Home - Pineville Chapel with a visitation beginning at 12:00 pm, and the funeral to start at 1:00 pm in the Chapel. A graveside service will be held immediately afterwards at Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery, 5716 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daughters of The Nile foundation, 6705 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731-2817.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcewenpinevillechapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, May 14, 2020

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jay Alexander

May 13, 2020

What a sweet lady! She know that I was a Carolina Clown and gave me a little Clown statue that I will always cherish. She had a great laugh and always enjoyed a good story! She will be missed by her little group at the Tyvola Senior Center. J

Lisa Griffin

May 13, 2020

Bernice was beautiful inside and out. We shared memories of working in psychiatric nursing and she shared many of her unique nursing experiences at Duke University Hospital. She was kind and funny, a true gem. We will all miss her.

BETTY PARKER

May 13, 2020

I had the pleasure of really getting to know Bernice in 2007 when I became a member of The Daughters of the Nile. She took me under her wing and helped me appreciate that wonderful organization for its fraternity and the wonderful work it does for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. She gave me one of her special pendants, and I will always cherish her memory every time I put it on. Bernice was beautiful, elegant, confidant, and full of wit. All the members of Latona #154 will keep her in our hearts, and we will all hold her family in our prayers at this difficult time.

Cheryl Love

May 13, 2020

Mike and Mark, we are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. Bernice was such a sweet and friendly neighbor. I also knew her professionally when she worked as an occupational/rehab nurse. I worked in a surgeon’s office and Bernice would often accompany one of her patients to our office. She was a wonderful nurse! Your mother was a lovely lady and we will miss her.

Cheryl & Herb Love

Susan Hamrick

May 13, 2020

Bernice was such a loving person and touched so many lives- especially mine. It is so fitting that she was involved in the Miss America Pageants as she was the epitome of the true American woman and crowned a Queen at that. She will be truly missed, but having the privilege of knowing Bernice and having her love, laughter and wit touch my life is such a blessing. May you find comfort knowing that so many of us are truly the better for having Bernice in our lives.

Deborah Patrick

May 12, 2020

Aunt Bernice was the first professional working mother I knew and it made a positive impact. Even at a young age I use to think "How does she do it all?". In addition to working full time and raising 2 children she had a husband who traveled most of the week. She was an active member of several clubs and organizations. Gee, how did she do it? Her wit was sharp and if you needed to be put in your place she never hesitated to say so. However, she was always ready to listen to any problems I had and offered sage advice. But the one quality of hers' I admired the most was this: If she loved you, you knew it. I will miss her so much. Love, Deborah

Gwen Owens

May 12, 2020

Mike and Mark,
I could write a book on the good times I remember! “After all” I knew her longer than y’all! I remember going to their wedding. Aunt Bernice always picked at me. I was the only grandchild for 7 years! I have fond memories as well. Her favorite thing to do was pick me up by my ears!
It’s so painful for me to realize I can’t come. I am walking with a walker. I can’t possibly drive that far. And no one is available to bring me. This will forever be a scar to my sole.
Y’all have my prayers,condolences and love! We have all been through this enough.
Please understand why I can’t be there! I will be there in my soul! Love and miss you Aunt Bernice!

Barbara Wooten

May 12, 2020

Sending prayers for strength,
comfort & peace.
Lord embrace all those whose hearts overflow with grief, hold them close through the coming days.

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