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R. Berniece (Williams) Mahoney

Posted 2009-09-08 by Sharon
The Wickenburg Sun, Wickenburg, AZ
December 6, 2006, p. A13

R. Berniece Mahoney, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, passed away Dec. 3 at the age of 90 after a short bout with cancer.

She was a talented artist who was proficient in both oils and watercolors. She was also an avid bridge player. She is now rejoicing in heaven with Jesus in her new disease-free and pain-free body.

Berniece was born Sept. 22, 1916 in Nebraska City, Neb., to William and Nora Williams. She grew up in Nebraska City and graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1934. She attended Midland College in Fremont, Neb., and graduated in 1936 with a diploma in business.

She returned to Nebraska City and went to work for the Nebraska City Utility Company.

She met her first husband Raymond E. Bird in 1938 and they were married in March 1940. They had three children, Stephen, Judith, and Gary. Raymond was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1949 and passed away in Dec. 1952.

Berniece moved to Denver, Colo., in 1958 and went to work for the U.S. Geological Survey as a manuscript typist. She met her second husband Joseph G. Canzona in 1958 and they were married in 1959. They had one child Danielle, who died in infancy. Joe died in 1973 from colon cancer.

Berniece continued working in Denver until her retirement in 1978. She then moved to Pahrump, Nev., in search of a milder climate. There she met her third husband Daniel R. Mahoney. They were married in 1983 and divorced in 1991. Dan passed away a few years later. In November of 1997 Berniece moved to Wickenburg to be near her son Stephen Bird and his family.

Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, two daughters (Judith and Danielle), one son (Gary) and one grandson. She is survived by her son Stephen Bird of Wickenburg, 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Wickenburg Funeral Home. Arrangements for a private memorial service are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory of Berniece to Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Ave., Suite A-100, Phoenix AZ 85021, or the First Presbyterian Church Deacons Fund, 180 N. Adams St., Wickenburg AZ 85390.

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