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Bernice Alice Kingbird


Bernice Alice Kingbird

Born: Mon., Nov. 5, 1956

Died: Sun., Aug. 16, 2015


2:00 PM Tue., Aug. 18, 2015

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Traditional Native Service

9:00 AM Thu., Aug. 20, 2015

Location: Ponemah Boys and Girls Club

Bernice Alice Kingbird, age 58, of Ponemah, began her spiritual journey on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at St. Mary's medical center in Duluth. She was born on November 5, 1956 in Red Lake, the daughter of John Kingbird, Sr. and Julia (Hill) Kingbird.

Bernice was always a happy person who loved spending time with her family which included her children, grandchildren, sisters and brothers. Her favorite time was spent going to the casino and riding around. Bernice loved flowers and balloons. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her, especially her family.

The family that Bernice joins again include her parents; John and Julia, sisters; Brenda, Roberta and Carol Kingbird, brothers; Harlan Kingbird, Sr. and Francis Stillday.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory are her husband; Alfred Kingbird, Sr. of Ponemah, sons; Lonny (Bobbi Joe) Kingbird, Sr. of Redby, Tobie (Collette) Kingbird, Sr., T'Jay (Darilyn) Kingbird, Alfred (Courtney) Kingbird, Jr., and Patrick Kingbird, all of Ponemah, daughters; Gennie (Jeremiah) Kingbird, Shanna (Alvin Johnson, Jr.) Kingbird and Leah (Robert Barrett) Kingbird all of Ponemah, one brother; John (Rita) Kingbird, Jr. of Bemidji, sisters; Beverly Cloud of Warroad, Andrea (David) Rosebear of Ponemah, Mona (Herb) Nelson of Ponemah, and Roberta (Sami) Syed of Blacklick, Ohio, thirty three grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, one aunt and one uncle.

A wake for Bernice will begin at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 18, 2015 and will continue until the 9:00 a.m. service on Thursday, August 20, all at the Boys Club in Ponemah. Spiritual Advisor will be Anna Gibbs. Pallbearers will be Jeff Iceman, Bobbi Joe Kingbird, William Rosebear, Wayne Stillday, Kyle Stillday and Harlan Kingbird, Jr. Alternate pallbearers will be Galyn Kingbird, Jeremiah Kingbird, Gilbert Rosebear, John Kingbird III, and Alvin Johnson, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are all of her family and friends. Interment will be held in the Kingbird Family Burial Grounds at Ponemah following the service.

Bernice's care has been entrusted to the Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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