Bernice C. (State) Andrews

Bernice Andrews, 94, of Belmond, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at United Church of Rowan, 811 Pesch Street in Rowan. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Rowan.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 3, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 111 Luick’s Lane South in Belmond, and continue one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

Bernice Carol, daughter of Archie and Verna (Winslow) State, was born on July 11, 1925 on the family farm near Galt. Bernice attended country school near Galt and graduated from Clarion High School.

On November 19, 1944, Bernice was united in marriage to Ryle Andrews at her parents’ home near Belmond. The couple made their home at a farmhouse near her parents’ home and eventually moved to the family farm where they raised their children and worked side by side on the farm.

Bernice was a devoted wife and mother. Her family was her life and loved spending time with them. Bernice and Ryle enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing and spent many winters in Harlingen, Texas together.

Bernice loved to garden and bake, especially bread, pies, and tea rings. She enjoyed oil and acrylic painting and sewing. She gave her paintings as gifts and many are displayed in several locations. She sewed many clothes for kids, matching square dancing outfits for her and Ryle, and multiple doll and Barbie clothes for her children’s dolls. She also made dozens of quilts, some tied and some hand stitched.

Bernice was a lifelong member of United Church of Rowan and a member of KYN Club.

Bernice is survived by her children Diana (Lee) Hoover of Mooresville, North Carolina, Leslie R. (Karen) Andrews of Rowan, Val (Steve) Dougherty of Belmond, and Jacque (Paul) Maiorino of Milton, Florida; son-in-law Skip White of Navarre, Florida; nine grandchildren Thad Hoover (Natalie Rohrer), Trent (Jessica) Hoover, Chrystal (Travis) White, Eric Andrews, Katie (Tim) Barkema, Sara (Nic) Sailsbury, Neil (Amanda) Dougherty, Rylee Maiorino, and Alaina Maiorino; 16 great-grandchildren Whitney (Chris) Gorman, Carlee (Sean) Hanley, Mariah Hoover, Chloe Hoover, Kensley Hoover, Everly Hoover, McKayla Kleinshrodt, Colten Hassler, Levi Hassler, Kadence Andrews, Avery Barkema, Keagan Barkema, Lauryn Barkema, Skye Sailsbury, Brynnley Sailsbury, and Jensen Dougherty; two great-great-grandchildren Mila Hanley and Clay Gorman; and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Moonstone Star White; and two sisters Marian Arends and Marvel Box.


Date: Monday, February 3, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Belmond
111 Luick's Lane South, Belmond, Iowa 50421
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Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: United Church of Rowan
811 Pesch Street, Rowan, Iowa 50470
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