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Bernadine A. Jernigan

May 30, 1925October 23, 2020

Bernadine Ann Jernigan, born 30 May 1925, died 23 October 2020; she was predeceased by her husband Edward Gene Jernigan, and by sons Michael Ray Jernigan and Patrick David Jernigan; she is survived by children Ed, Barbara, and Deborah; by grandchildren Luke (Amanda), Carey, Ethan, Christine, Lauren, Jeremy, Kyle, and Chelsea; and by great grandchildren Anson and Ethan.

Bernie was the second-oldest of 13 children, predeceased by her six sisters and two of her brothers, and survived by brothers Jim, Jerry, Dan, and David. She was raised (even as she also helped raise those children who came behind her) on the family dairy farm in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. As a young woman she made her escape, first to the house of a grandmother in town. She trained as a beautician in Minneapolis, and then moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she worked with her sister Virgie in a beauty salon. Eventually, Bernie managed several salons. In Corpus Christi she met the man who would become her husband, Edward Gene Jernigan. They were married in 1946.

Ed’s career began in the Marine Corps and took him into the CIA, and in the course of it his family lived all over the world: North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, California, Minnesota; Athens, Greece; Taipei, Taiwan; and Frankfurt, Germany. Bernie became an expert at packing and unpacking, at managing a house alone (when Ed was posted overseas sans dependents), at learning whom she could trust — and at fending for herself and her children when she needed to. During their first 15 years of marriage, Bernie and Ed had five children and lived in 43 homes. She made many close friends during her time overseas, friendships that lasted well beyond those postings.

A creative spirit, Bernie studied cooking and painting, and applied herself to both of those arts throughout her life. In addition to raising her children, she worked in an administrative capacity for the CIA and in private industry, retiring in 1987; she cared for Ed in his last years, as well as for various of her children and grandchildren, when they found themselves in need of her. She was indomitable.

Bernie held onto her life in this world for 95 years, 4 months, and 24 days. She made every one of those days count: even at the end, her strength of will, of body and spirit, drew her family together, connecting us across the distances.

In memory of Bernie, cook and share a good meal, or copy out a recipe, or make yourself a Manhattan — or stand up for someone or something you love.

Bernie’s family welcomes any memories you’d care to share.



  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 9, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, November 9, 2020

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Deborah, Barbara, and Ed Jernigan

November 8, 2020

Mom has a message for all of us.

Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room.

Whatsoever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used to. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.

Let my name be the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without effort. Life means all that it has ever meant. It is the same as it ever was, there is absolutely unbroken continuity.

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.

All is well. Nothing is past, nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before, only better, infinitely happier and forever - we will be one together with Christ.

(from 1910 Sermon by Henry Scott-Holland)

Jerry Determan

October 30, 2020

Bernie is my big sister. Many memories growing up.
My sympathy to the family. May she rest in Gods peace

Debbie Knudslien

October 30, 2020

I remember when your family would visit us in Minnesota every few years (Patrick was my age, I think) and my mom would enlist my help in baking for the guests. We made lots of cookies and bars and Bernie & Ed would be so grateful and so warm toward me even thoughI barely knew them. I felt really close to Bernie despite not seeing her that often. In later years there were a few family reunions and visits to my parents' cabin when we would visit a bit as well. I remember her also driving with a plastic mannequin in the passenger seat after Ed passed away so she wouldn't look like a woman traveling cross country alone. What an adventurous life she led! May she rest in peace!


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