Bernice Cox

Bernice Cox, age 48, of Yankton, South Dakota died on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend Dani Jo Bierwagen officiating. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Tuesday, October 1 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home.

Bernice was born December 26, 1970 in Aberdeen, South Dakota to George and Mickey (Huber) Block. She grew up in Redfield, South Dakota where she graduated from high school in 1989. Bernice then earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and later in life, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. In 1994, Bernice started working for Walmart in Aberdeen as a Pharmacy Technician. In 1996, she was married to Albert Cox and they were together for several years. Bernice transferred to the Pharmacy Department at Walmart in Yankton in the early 2000’s. She loved working in her yard and caring for her lawn, garden and flowers. She loved the company of her many dogs. Bernice also loved Halloween and could often be found wearing Halloween socks anytime of the year. She was a strong, family oriented mother who adored her grandchildren. She always found the positive in any situation and didn’t allow any difficulty in life to keep her down.

Bernice is survived by three children: Hope Block of Groton, SD, Anton Block of Yankton and Beth Block of Yankton; five grandchildren: Donavan, Rosalyn, Lillian, Bailey and Ellie; and a sister, Michelle Severson of Clark, SD.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Darin Block.


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6 response to "Bernice Cox"

  1. By: Jessica Sanders Posted: September 30, 2019

    My deepest sympathies for your family, in the loss of your mom. She, and her smiling face will be missed. I hope you all can take some comfort in the knowledge that even though she has been called home, she will always be with you, as you continue in your own journeys through life.

  2. By: Tammy Trattles Posted: September 30, 2019

    I am still in shock but I have prayed for you and asked God to wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time….My sincerest condolences….

  3. By: Marcia Zentmire Posted: September 30, 2019

    I was saddened this morning when I noticed the loss of your mother. I worked for a short time with your mother at Walmart and yes she always had a positive, upbeat attitude no matter how her day was going. She definitely loved her family as she was always telling us the highlight of every visit with family.

    Hoping that time is kind to your heart and brings you sweet memories in place of sadness.

  4. By: Theresa Baker Posted: September 30, 2019

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mom. I worked with Bernice at Walmart Pharmacy in Aberdeen. I remember how much she loved you kids and I’m sure we shared lots of stories about you all and my kids too. I remember her being bigger than life and embracing everything!! Every fall I think back on those times when I make my refrigerator pickles and follow the recipe she wrote for me with her name right there on the top. Gods Blessings for all of you!! May God grant you Peace during this hard time…..

  5. By: Laurel Posted: October 8, 2019

    My husband Millard and I were shocked to hear of Bernice’s death. We send our sympathy to all her family and friends. We knew Bernice because of her work at the Walmart pharmacy in Yankton. We both loved her upbeat attitude and smiling face! She was always pleasant and helped us with a smile on her face. We will miss her!! Laurel and Millard Merkwan

  6. By: Linda Gorham Posted: October 9, 2019

    So sorry for your loss, whenever I was in Walmart I’d go by the pharmacy just to say hi. She will be truly missed. I didn’t know she died until tonight or I would have been there. We were friends on Facebook.

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