|July 19, 1987 at 11 p.m., Bernice C. Day responded to God’s call to come home, after a pilgrimage of 93 years among us. She was a native of Jena, Louisiana. As a young woman, she met Earnest Wyman Day, who at that time was teaching in a country school. In time they were married, and she became the mother of five children: E. W. Day, Jr., Leslie Henry Day, Alva Cecil Day, Lucille Fern Day, and Robert Marion Day.
Shortly after their marriage, Brother Day joined The Methodist Church and began preparing to answer his call to ministry. Bernice affirmed this change of vocation and shared the effort and sacrifices necessary to preparing for ministry. She also shared a rich, productive service in the Lord’s work among the people called Methodist in Louisiana. Her sincere concern, delightful personality and happy smile blessed not only her husband and family but each flock they were sent to shepherd.
Following their retirement, this fine couple acquired a home in Baton Rouge, and they continued in the retired relationship to serve congregations in and around Baton Rouge. Following Reverend Day’s death, Bernice joined First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge Where she participated in a wide range of activities. She continued to be active in the Baton Rouge District Parsonettes and attended Annual Conference with regularity until she became physically unable to do so.
Bernice was a long time member of the Order of Eastern Star, in addition to her many other activities. This dear lady died as she had lived, with a deep, unshakable faith in a Lord that she knew personally who helped her through all changes and challenges.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1988, p.187………..By Lonnie H. Sibley|