KERN, Ruth B. (Edington)
Graveside service for Ruth Bernice Edington Kern, age 90, of Chickasha, will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at Fairlawn Cemetery. Ruth Bernice Edington Kern died May 22, 2010. Bernice had a persevering personality that led her down life’s path of spirituality, appreciation of education, and entrepreneurship. She rejoiced daily in her God-given blessings that she could share with family, friends and community. Bernice was born June 11, 1919 in Madill, Oklahoma to Jewel and Fronnie Edington and was the eldest of eight children. She graduated from Washington, Oklahoma High School with honors then attended Oklahoma University and graduated from Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha with a BS Degree in Home Economics. Her post-graduate work continued at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University in Food Service Management. From 1960, she served as a Middle School Science Teacher and Home Economics Teacher for the Chickasha Public Schools. With a promotion to Food Service Director, she created the Mobile School Lunch Program for the entire Chickasha Public School system. In addition to her public school service, she taught adult education classes for food service programs throughout the state of Oklahoma. Her entrepreneur and creative talents led her to the creation of BK Wedding and Party Catering in Chickasha. Bernice married Brintz Poke Shorty Kern on May 17, 1941. With this union three daughters were born. Janice Kern Downing of Chickasha, Judith Kern Bryan of Oklahoma City, and Sharon Gwen Kern, deceased in 1958. As a proud grandmother she was blessed with five grandchildren: Mark Bryan of Newalla, OK, Chris Downing of Chickasha, Steve Bryan of Oklahoma City, Jason Downing of Phoenix, AZ and Stacy Middleton of Edmond, Ok. The joys of her life were her seven great-granddaughters: Courtney, Heather, Shyloe, Jasmin, Tiffany, Zoie and Madelyne Joy. Bernice and her family were members of the Central Church of Christ in Chickasha where they were active for years.