Dorothy Jean Berna Nelson was born on June 29, 1934 in Waco, Texas to her parents Charles and Irma Olson. Dorothy passed away from Parkinson's Disease with her family around her at her home in Aransas Pass, Texas on August 2, 2019 . She was 85 years old.
Dorothy married Allen H. Berna on June 13, 1949 and they were married for 50 years until his death in 1999. 0n July 13, 2002 Dorothy married Georges H Nelson. They were married for 15 years until his death in 2017.
Dorothy and Allen had 6 children together: Allene (Jimmy) Durham, Willard (Sharon) Berna, Jimmy Berna, Susan (Frank) Hodge, David Berna, and Rose (Timothy) Rivers. Their son David Berna passed away July 20, 1983. In addition Dorothy was blessed to have 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.
Dorothy began to study the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses in the mid-1950's and on December 31, 1956 she was baptized alongside her lifelong friend Edna Lindley. For the rest of her life (63 years) Dorothy was a member of the congregation right here in Aransas Pass, faithful to Jehovah until her death. Dorothy's family and many friends knew her to be a very pleasant, down-to-earth person, kind and mild tempered. She was happy, laughed a lot, and always had a smile ready for anyone around her.
A memorial service for Dorothy will held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located at 1649 W. Deberry Ave, Aransas Pass, Texas at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 17, 2019.