Bernice (Davidson) Cary

Born: Fri., Feb. 1, 1924
Died: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018


12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Tue., Aug. 21, 2018
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Wed., Aug. 22, 2018
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Bernice Arline Cary
February 1, 1924 – August 16, 2018

On August 16, 2018 Bernice Arline Cary passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her extended family and friends. Her home was where she had lived since 1958.

Bernice was born February 1, 1924 in Colville Washington, to Harry and Beatrice (Sage) Davidson. Her family relocated to Pendleton, where she lived since. She was one of nine kids.

She married Warren Cary in 1948. Warren had three young sons that Bernice loved and cared for. After marrying Warren, they owned and operated Cary’s Tavern and Bernice worked at Harris Pine Mills and then had a long career with the Umatilla County property tax department. While working, she always walked to work and did not drive until she was in her 40’s.

Bernice loved her family, which included her cats, her home and especially the yard, where you could drive by and see the roses from spring to late fall. Visits from family and friends were dear to her heart, especially from baby Josey her “adopted” granddaughter.

She is survived by her brother Bill Davidson (Joann) of Beaverton, OR., niece Karen Seivert (Clark) of Wilsonville, OR., and numerous nieces, nephews, grandkids and great grandkids and her extended family who cared for her after Warren passed away.

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Michael Tarantino
   Posted Tue August 21, 2018
Growing up in Pendleton in the 1940s and 50s, Bernice was very kind to me and treated me almost as if I was a member of her family. My first memory of her was when she was walking out of the Harris Pine Mills gate at the end of her shift and she stopped to talk to me, I couldn't have been more than five or six years old at the time.

Her son, Dick Cary, was my best friend from the third grade through high school. When Warren and Bernice owned Cary's Tavern, she use to make us Coney Island hot dogs or hamburgers with mustard, pickles, and onions. When there was an after school event held at the Vert Memorial Auditorium that I didn't have the 25 or 50 cents to go to, she would pay for me. My family moved to California in 1958, I wanted to return to Pendleton for my senior year, 1959-60, so that I could graduate with my class. Warren and Bernice offered me their home and I moved in with them and Dick and Danny. They never asked me to pay anything for this kind gesture.

In the 1980s and 90s, I would send Bernice a box of See's Candies at Christmas time. I return to Pendleton every five years to attend the Class of 1960 reunions. I almost always would stop by the Cary home on Emigrant Street to see them. The last time I saw Bernice was in 2015 and, as always, we had a long talk.

Bernice, thank you for everything. Rest in Peace.

Laurie Skokan
   Posted Wed August 22, 2018
I didn’t meet Bernice until she arrived at Providence Portland Medical Center during her recent health crisis. She is the sister of my Mom’s husband, and although I heard stories of their visits with her, our paths never crossed until about 3 weeks ago. I work at Providence so made a point of going up to say hi to Bernice a couple of times each day. It was hard for her to be there—she didn’t want to be alone and just wanted to go home. Over the course of 2 weeks we had conversations about her husband and children, her job as a tax collector, her love of her cats, and what she liked about the Pendleton Round-Up. She never wanted her visitors to leave, and I suspect she was quite formidable in her younger years! Bernice had a real sweetness to her, and a smile that touched your heart. It’s hard to appreciate how attached I became to her in such a short time. I am so grateful she was able to go home to Pendleton one last time, and I imagine she is quite happy, surrounded now by her family and old friends. Rest in peace—you are loved and will be missed Bernice!

Marty Landers
   Posted Thu August 23, 2018
I did not know Bernice and Warren very well, but my husband John thought the world of them both. Sadly John, past away eight years ago.
My sincere condolences for the loss of Bernice. Marty Landers

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