Bernice Marie Brinkley

September 28, 1926December 28, 2020

Bernice Marie Brinkley, 94, of Blue Springs, MO passed away December 28, 2020. Graveside service will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar, MO on Mon., January 4th at 1pm.

Bernice was born on September 28, 1926 in Montevallo, MO to Cecil and Lucy Wilkinson. She worked in shipping yards in California during WWII. Bernice was an active member and volunteer at the Blue Ridge Baptist Church. Her hobbies included playing Canasta, gardening and working in her yard, and many other outdoor activities like fishing. Bernice was an avid China and oil painter as well as an accomplished quilter and seamstress.

Some of her favorite foods were fried chicken with white gravy on bread, Post Toasties, potted meat and carrot jello salad. Favorite TV shows were 48 Hours, The Chase and watching American Ninja Warriors with her grandkids. Bernice truly enjoyed dressing up her goose statue for special occasions and appropriate seasons.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, George Brinkley; her parents; and a sister, Dorothy McCollum. She is survived by her children, Gary Brinkley, Judy Tucker (Lloyd) and Bonnie Brinkley (Scott Gagnon); four grandchildren, Jennifer, Mark, Megan and Pryce and four great grandchildren, Abby, Brinkley, Malcolm and Maude.


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, January 4, 2021


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Linda Conley

January 4, 2021

Bernice was our neighbor for 20 plus years. We had many great conversations and laughs. After she moved she and my dad were both at Cedarhurst so the visits continued. She was quite the artist and I have several china painted pieces and paintings she gave me. Judy set her up with a cute "paint studio" in her small apartment. Everyone there knew of her talents.
Judy-you took such good care of your Mom. I hope now you can get the rest you deserve.
I will miss her.

Megan Brinkley-Gagnon

January 3, 2021

You taught me how to sew, crochet and embroider. You made me clothes and costumes when my imagination ran wild and what I wanted didn't exist. You provided to me what felt like a second home every summer and winter when I was on school break. I made you laugh with silly stories and took you shopping. You watched me grow into the person I am today and I hope I didn't let you down. I'll always be Miss Meggy to you, the same you'll always be Gramma to me. Say hi to grandpa for me and save a seat for me at the canasta table. I love you.

Scott Gagnon

January 3, 2021

Thank you for being my friend and mother in law. You and George always made me feel like family. It was a pleasure to know both of you. I enjoyed all the time I had with you and I will miss your company and the way you laughed at my stupid jokes.

Gary Brinkley

January 1, 2021

The Woman who gave me this Life
Whose Voice of encouragement could raise Me to exceed all expectations and also could heal when I was at my Darkest of hours with
The Softest Voice of simply saying "I Love You"
My Strength
My Guidance
My Best Friend Always
She never asked much from anyone yet always gave her
All and Her all came from her Heart
The Most Loving and understanding Wife,
Mother, Homemaker and Friend
She excelled in All things pursued
Now leaving to join in Eternity her
Family and Friends whom have gone before...
I have experienced the Greatest Gift Ever to be offered in this Life
The Love of Two Angels...
My Mom and Dad
Now rejoined forever in Heaven
I Love You Both
And Look towards the day we all reunite as Family...Forever

Alissa Ancona

January 1, 2021

It is with great sadness to learn the passing of a dear wonderful woman I had the honor of taking care of for almost 3 years !! She truly made an impact on my life, i will always remember the great memories we had together and I will miss you more than anything! Rest well Bernice, until I see u again, I’ll be thinking about u everyday I love you !
Alissa Ancona

Bonnie Brinkley

December 31, 2020

I miss my best friend. I would call her often in the afternoon when she wasn’t so busy with the activity of the assisted living facility. We talked about the day to day stuff, but some of the best talks were about her painting. She would ask for help with color mixing or techniques. I wanted to reach through the phone and show her how. And, despite the great distance, we made it happen. I will not live another day without her in my mind. My heart is broken; there are no words that can describe my love for my mother. B