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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bernice Marshall, 91 years old, born on June 14, 1929, and passed away on February 5, 2021. We will remember her forever.

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February 10, 2021
Bernice Valentine Marshall was the fourth child of Charles N.  Valentine Sr. and Imogene Durham Valentine, born June 14,1929

She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin L. Marshall, daughter Kathy Lynn Marshall, great-grandson Carson Michael Wilson. 

She left to cherish her memory, son Todd G Marshall daughter Paula Willoughby grandchildren Gabrielle Willoughby, Paul Michael Wilson (Heather) three great grandsons Royall, Parker, and Payton of Salt Lake City UT.  From Cincinnati, Ohio sister Mary E Thomas, Gladys Berry and Rachael Anderson, brother Robert Valentine and a host of nieces and nephew. 

Bernice was a devoted catholic at an early age. She would go to 6:30am mass with her dad to Holy Trinity on 5th Street. She would often talk about the priest that brought his dog to mass on the altar during mass. Bernice also worked with her dad at board of election polls.  Bernice was a presiding judge in 1953 at the board of election.  Bernice graduated from Woodward High School; she took courses in Interior Decorating. Bernice first job was at Katman’s Shoe Repair as a shoe wrapper. Her cousin Millie helped her obtain employment before the age of 16. Bernice worked for the Walkers, Louis meats.  Bernice worked 15 years at Good Samaritan Hospital as a ward clerk on west 3 orthopedic floor until the death of her husband in 1980. Bernice also worked at Forest Park Kroger for 10 years in the salad bar and meat department; she was known for her special chicken salad there.  Bernice has been a member of St. Matthias the Catholic Church since 1968 under Father Lonsway, as chair member and polling the neighborhood for Catholics. Bernice was a member of Xavier University Book Lovers of Horticulture. She has the gift to bring back any plant, she loved to garden we were looking at catalog to order for yard. She was a member of the block watch citizens on patrol, she wore that blue jacket proudly while on her walker it was a funny site to see. Someone at Kroger said, “Oh they let you work on a walker”. Bernice was a member of the Mothers of Special Children hospitality committee, where she held a Christmas party for 20 years at the Drake Center with the Lee Band for the special children that lived in the group homes. Bernice also was judging Beautification for Forest Park. You do not mess with Bernice's children or grandchildren. I was told it was like the wrath of Khan from Star Trek. Bernice loved to give, she had a cachet of gifts, loved the shop, had culinary skills, and the best macaroni cheese, everyone wanted the recipe for her chicken salad with kiwi, honey dew melon, and baby back ribs. She loved to eat pickled pig feet and limburger cheese. On opening day for Cincinnati Reds Bernice would have red and white rooting them on. She was a Bengals fan to the end and Tiger Woods fan. Bernice was a colon cancer survivor in May 2007. Bernice loved a challenge and to race. On June 7, 2010 she slipped and fell on a steppingstone racing me to the patio for $5.00 which ended in the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital. She fractured her shoulder; the emergency room doctor gave her a shot for pain relievers and scheduled for surgery. She got off that table and said “oh no you're not I'm calling Dr. Langenderfer! You're ready to cut me? I'm getting a second opinion!” She was right it was a clean break; the doctor prescribed a sling for 6 weeks and physical therapy.   September 24, 2016 we were having breakfast at IHop and went to Mercy Fairfield to visit her nephew. Leaving the hospital, she slipped on a wet floor by the restroom and broke her femur. She had surgery the next evening, two days later she was sent to Glendale Place for rehab. I hadn't seen her for two days, when I walked in she said “oh you remembered you had a mother”. At times I thought my mother was Jewish with the guilt she put out. Mom had a quirky sense of humor and very witty. Every week she would score a Kroger, Meijer, and Jungle Jim's advertisement and say, “Paula take my card get these items for me”. My mother refused to wear her hearing aid she said that is for old people there's nothing old on me but my clothes. Mom loved her pop consumption, Pepsi. I tried to limit it because she was a diabetic and needed more water in her body. She would say “I'm 91 years old and I should be able to drink what I want”. Bernice loved that her birthday June 14 was also Flag Day.  She would decorate the whole yard with flags. 

Bernice told me she was ready “I'm tired three weeks ago, I miss Kathy, I've been talking to my father, mother and my grandmother”.  I just thought she was doing Fred Sanford again. I just wasn't ready to let her go . I will miss you Mom when I hear Luther Vandross, BB King, West Montgomery, Patty LaBelle and Earth Wind and Fire. I'll know you’re alright.. Love you Much Todd, Gabrielle, and Paula

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