Bereniece A. Robbins, age 100, of Wilmot, SD, died on August 17, 2017, at the Wilmot Care Center. Services will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at United Church of Christ in Watertown, SD. (1 block S of Kemp)
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.
Bereniece (Ferguson) Robbins was born on December 24, 1916, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ferguson in Rapid City, South Dakota. Bereniece lived in Rapid City until she married Wayne Robbins from Florence, South Dakota, on July 5, 1941. Together they were blessed with three daughters: Carolyn, Pamela, and Cheryl.
Bereniece and Wayne first lived in Omaha, Nebraska, where Wayne worked in the National Defense Program at the American Smelting and Refining Company. After one year in Omaha, they moved to Detroit, Michigan, where they resided until 1949.
Both Carolyn and Pam were born in Detroit. In February, 1949, they moved back to the farm near Florence, South Dakota, where Bereniece lived until 2000. Cheryl was born in Watertown in 1950. In 2000, Bereniece moved to Maple Place in Watertown where she stayed until 2005. In 2005, she moved to Snell’s Assisted Living until 2009, and then moved to the Wilmot Care Center where she lived from 2009 – 2017. During the time Bereniece lived near Florence, she was a member of the Homemakers of America (HOA) Club for 50 years, bowling teams in Watertown for a number of years, Three Way Extension Club for 45+ years, and the Elks Wives and Widows for 20+ years. Bereniece was also a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown since 1949. Physical activities included golfing, bowling, square dancing, and reading. Her true passion in life was gardening; she loved flowers.
Bereniece is survived by daughters Pamela (Mark) Kieffer of Rapid City, SD; and Cheryl (Doug) Sunne of Corona, SD; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Bereniece was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne; daughter, Carolyn; and her three siblings: Florence Richardson, Raymond Ferguson, and Betty Pfeiffer.