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Bernice L. (Hurt) Groce

Bernice L. (Hurt) Groce, 85, St. Joseph, Missouri; left this world for her heavenly home to be reunited with her husband on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Bernice L. (Hurt) Groce, 85, St. Joseph, Missouri; left this world for her heavenly home to be reunited with her husband on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Bernice was born on October 4, 1928 to Frank and Violet (Merritt) Hurt, Sr. in St. Joseph, MO and was a lifelong resident.

Bernice worked at Mead for over 17 years. She was a member of Faith Valley Church of God, formerly West Valley Church of God, where she taught Sunday School and always gave to the Church of God Orphan Fund in Tennessee. Mrs. Groce was a prayer warrior, every morning she sat in her recliner with a cup of coffee and lifted every member of her family up in prayer. Bernice enjoyed baking, gardening, fishing, arts and crafts and sewing.

Bernice married Calvin Stewart, and to that union 2 daughters were born, he preceded her in death.

She then married William Groce on June 19, 1954; he also preceded her in death.

Also preceded in death were her parents and 3 brothers, Lawrence, Freddie and Wilbur Hurt.

Survivors include her daughters, Rose Anna (Doug) Heimbaugh, Elwood, KS; Beverly (Steven) Rasmussen and Joyce (Frank) Hurt; a brother, Frank Hurt and sister, Kay Gill; all of St. Joseph, MO; 12 grandchildren, Frank Hurt III, Debora Reese, Rhonda Yager, Paula McClain, Chris Booher, Toby Yager, Wendy Bennett, Larry Rice, Chad Higgins, Candy Hankins, Jeremy Higgins, Rebekah Higgins and numerous great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren.

Services 1:00 PM Monday, January 20, 2014 at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 2:00 PM Sunday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kendallwood Hospice.
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