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Marjorie Evelyn Miner "Pat" Bernshausen was born February 24, 1923 to Lewis Edson and Lillian Mae Fringer Miner, in Golden, Colo., where she grew up and
attended school with her brother "Bud" and sisters Thelma, Lois, Mae, and Betty.
While still in Colo., she met native Texan, Arthur Robert Bernshausen. On July 7, 1942, they traveled to Cheyene, Wyo. where they were united in marriage. Arthur was a career member of the U. S. Armed Forces moving his
family frequently across the country and through out the world. His many years of active duty, which included service in both World War II and the Korean Conflict, left Pat alone much of the time to pursue her life's joy - raising and caring for her children. Although Pat was slight in stature,
through out these difficult years in the eyes of her children - none stood taller! Ellington Air Force Base was the family's final assignment and in 1958, Arthur retired from military service. The family remained in Houston, where the couple's five children finished high school and started families
of their own.
Arthur and Pat were together, at last. In 1975, Arthur declared it was time to take his bride home - to Austin County. That year the couple moved to Sealy where they lived until his death in 1982. Pat stayed in Sealy until
1989, when she moved to Austin to be with and care for her son, Donnie.
After Donnie's death in 1990, with her other four children scattered across the country, Pat joined her youngest daughter, Barbara, in 1991 in Columbus, Ohio.
Pat was a member of the Sealy Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. A beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, she will always be remembered for her love of the simple things. With her,
less was always more. Pat was a puzzle-worker extraordinaire; she loved working puzzles of all sorts. With her friends and family, she enjoyed bicycling, cross-stitching, reading, playing Scrabble and Canasta; and with her grandchildren, she played every board game brought to her. An indication of her humility, and a reflection of her inner peace, Pat especially loved countryside flowers, colorful landscapes, and calming views. Her courageous and steadfast spirit will serve forever as a source of inspiration and strength for those she leaves behind.
Pat passed away Friday, February 20, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. She was 80 years old.
She is survived by her children, JoAnn McCaskill and husband John of Jersey Village, Larry Dean Bernshausen of Houston, Barbara Sue Pritchard and husband James of Columbus, Ohio and David Michael Bernshausen and wife Anna of Houston; grandchildren John McCaskill and wife Pamela, Janice Lynn Molina and husband James Thomas, Dean Bernshausen and wife Alicia, Robin Wagner and
husband Ted, Lisa Pritchard, Michael Robert Bernshausen, and Betsie Chauvin and husband David; great grandchildren Kylie McCaskill, Jamie and Jacob Molina, Jackson and Camden Wagner, and William Pritchard; sister Betty Clair
Miner Ledgerwood of Calif.; and many other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arthur Robert Bernshausen; and her son Donnie Robert Bernshausen.
Funeral Service was held Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Bellville with Pastor H. Eldon Akerman officiating. Interment followed in the Sealy Cemetery.
Mom, A special Thanks from your children - for giving so much of yourself - to each of us, for so long.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Schmidt Funeral Home, Bellville, TX.

Posted by Joy Neely


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