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Berenice E. WithersPassing: December 18, 2013


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Friday, December 20th @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday, December 20th @ 12:00-2:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Friday, December 20th

FRENCH LICK – Berenice E. Withers, 102, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Medco Health & Rehabilitation Center in French Lick.

Born December 13, 1911, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Emerson and Ethel (Duggin) Elliott. She married Noah Lee Withers and he preceded her in death in 1974.

Berenice was a seamstress and had been employed at Dr. James Oswalt’s office and at Caudell’s Variety Store. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1929, and was a member of Springs Valley United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.

Surviving: son, Robert L. (Sharon) Withers, French Lick
5 grandchildren
17 great grandchildren
7 great great grandchildren
sister, Cordellia Hall, Satellite, Florida
half sister, Emily Walker, Kentucky

Her parents; husband; daughter, Mary Beth Noe; and brothers, John T. Elliott, Kenneth Elliott, and Ernest Elliott, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Linda Watson officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Springs Valley United Methodist Church or Jacob Finger United Methodist Church

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4 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Cindy (Hall) D'Entremont | Quincy, FL
    Date: December 21, 2013
    For me, she was always Aunt Bernice, by marriage, but she always made me feel special. I loved all her stories of the "old days" and how they did things back then. She was extremely special and loved by so many, and consequently, will be sorely missed. What a blessing for us all!
  2. Guest: Charles & Regina Diggs | Jacksonville, FLorida
    Date: December 19, 2013
    Jeanie and I are happy we got to visit with her earlier in the year and are saddened by her passing, but rejoice in the fact she is with God. What a wonderful lady. She will be missed.
  3. Guest: Bob Braman | Greenwood, IN
    Date: December 19, 2013
    Alan and family, I have so many wonderful memories of Berenice from an early age. She always kept all of us youngsters of Jacob Finger UMC in line in the nursery during church services, and Alan and I when she would sit for us at her house. She was truly a special woman and will be missed. God bless.
  4. Guest: Jerry Hall | OverlandPark, Ks
    Date: December 19, 2013
    I was fortunate to stay the second semester of my freshman year of High School with Berenice and her husband. Her sister, my Mom was returning from overseas and while they located a place in the states I stayed with Berenice. This was a tough transition for me but with Berenice’s attentive nurturing she made this a pleasant time for me. Berenice will always be in my memories.