Bernice Alves celebrated her 94th birthday March 9, with several members of her family, then passed away the next morning March 10, in Klamath Falls.
Bernice was born on March 9, 1920 at home in Half Moon Bay, CA to Manuel Silva and Mary Youngston Silva. Following graduation from Half Moon Bay High School, she married Gregory James Alves.
Bernice lived the majority of her life in Half Moon Bay, where she was a parishioner of Our Lady of Pillar, a member of the UPEC and SPRIC Portuguese fraternal lodges, and a past queen of the Holy Ghost Festival. Bernice lived an active life enjoying baseball, hunting trips, traveling, weekly card games with friends, country line dancing, spending hours watching her sons, grandsons and great-grandsons participating in team roping and other rodeo events. Bernice voluntarily decided not to drive about a year ago and lived independently until the last six months of her life.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents Manual and Mary Silva, husband Gregory James Alves, son Jimmy Alves, Lakeview, brothers Lawrence and Walter Silva, sister Annie Azevado and second husband Manual Garcia.
Bernice is survived by sons Bob (Sue) Alves, Klamath Falls; Tony (Kathie) Alves, Alturas; brother Ernie Silva, Fremont, Calif.; daughter-in-law Sue Alves, Lakeview; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, numerous nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will be held March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Half Moon Bay Cemetery with a celebration of life and luncheon following at the small IDES Hall in Half Moon Bay.