Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Bernice  Oakes Memorial
Bernice  Oakes Memorial

Bernice Oakes

Bernice Oakes

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Bernice Elizabeth Anderson Oakes, 96, left us on Sunday, January 27, 2019 with a guardian angel to guide her way.

Bernice was born in the family home in Sedro-Woolley to Mary & John Anderson on December 11, 1922, joining brothers Andy, Dick and Leonard ‘Fritz’, and sister Marjorie.

Bernice, alternately known as Mom, Auntie B or Granny O, was as active in her adult life as she had been in school.  Very important to her among her many activities was her decades long membership in the American Legion Auxiliary, and as a Hospital Guild volunteer in the gift shop until her failing eyesight canceled that.  She enjoyed writing and left behind numerous stories, poems, and travel journals.  She was also proud of her secretarial contribution to the Manhattan Project while at UC Berkley/California.

Although she traveled extensively, Sedro-Woolley was always her home. She was born there, raised her family there, and no matter where she moved, always returned there. As far as she was concerned there was no better place on earth.

Bernice is survived by her children, Mike (Audrey), Robie (Lewis), Sue (Richard) and Doug; her two younger sisters, Lois and Joyce; step-children, Marty, Leslie (Ken) and Tom (Cheryl); numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and the loves of her life, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded by her parents; her brothers; older sister; daughter Kathy; ex-husbands Jack and Maurice; husband Tommy and very good friend Bob.

At her request, formal services will not be held but a ‘family get-together’ will be announced at a later date.  In memory of Bernice memorials to the SWHS Alumni Association or a charity of your choice are suggested.

Cremation arrangements are under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Audrey Nash

    My sweet Mother n Law Bernice… I am so sad to see you go. I’ve loved you for 43 years. You were the best Mother n Law a woman could ask for. So witty and fun. I know you are with your loved ones and will be watching over us from above. I love you 💜💜💜