SYLVAN TWP. — Bernyece “Berny” Cora Rathburn, 82, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at her home in Sylvan Township.

Berny was born on April 17, 1931, in Evart to Arthur A. and Frayne D. (Robinson) White. She graduated from Evart High School in 1948 and then attended Spring Arbor College. Bernyece married Ellis Rathburn in Evart on Nov. 29, 1952. She worked as a librarian in Evart and at Western Michigan University, and worked as a mail carrier in Vicksburg. El and Berny retired back to the Sears area in 1993. She was a member of the Evart Free Methodist Church. Berny enjoyed reading and traveling and loved being with her family.

Bernyece is survived by her husband, Ellis Rathburn, of Sears; three sons, Arthur Lee (Beth) Rathburn, of Grosse Point, Lyn L. Rathburn, of Houston and Kevin Les Rathburn, of Sears; a granddaughter, Kathy (Eric) Wise, of Oregon; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Berneda (Dick) Witbeck, of Evart; and a brother, George White, of Evart.

A memorial service in honor of Bernyece “Berny” Rathburn will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Evart Free Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Bullock officiating. Internment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Evart.