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Berniece Gilmore

July 30, 1926 - December 24, 2019

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Margaret Berniece (Bossick) Gilmore, 93, passed away at home on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho.
A Rosary Vigil will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 7:00 pm on Thursday, January 23, 2020. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 24, 2020 with Fr. Dennis Day officiating. Berniece will later be laid to rest with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.
Berniece was born on July 30, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA. The 8th of 14 children, she grew up and attended schools in Hopedale, OH, where she graduated Valedictorian. She received her teaching certificate from Ohio State University.
She taught at a business school in Hawaii where she met her husband, LCDR Kenneth Gilmore, on the beach at Waikiki. They were married at St. Augustine’s By The Sea in Honolulu in 1951. Ken’s military career took them to New Jersey and California before retiring in Sandpoint in 1970.
During her years in Sandpoint, Berniece was a substitute teacher, tutor at the library, and a school volunteer. Learning was of great importance to Berniece throughout her 93 years. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for 49 years where she was involved with the Altar Society and Bible study. She also enjoyed gardening and travelling the world. Berniece and Ken spent many summer days camping around the northwest. She took great pleasure arranging and planning Gilmore family reunions and “Sisters” get togethers back east.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Gilmore (Yvonne Kiebert) of Sandpoint, Idaho and Geoffrey (Suzanne) Gilmore of West Linn, Oregon; two daughters Terry (Ken) Pierce of Rathdrum, Idaho and Dawn (Lonnie) Papineau of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; 10 grandchildren Jacob, Katlyn, Meghan, Braden, Jenna, Zachary, Shane, Alexander, Brett, and Nicholas; six great grandchildren; and three sisters Jerry Jackson of Hopedale, OH, Bertie Rensi of Woodfield, OH and Barb Bossick of Cadiz, OH.
Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ken Gilmore, daughter Karen, grandson Grant, three brothers and seven sisters.
Memorial donations may be made to the East Bonner County Library, Gilmore Family Endowment Fund, 1407 Cedar St, Sandpoint, ID 83864.