May 10, 1932 - April 18, 2018: Mae was a life-long learner who always said 'I'm a curious person. I have to know!'

Vera 'Mae' BernardMae Bernard passed away peacefully at home with her children by her side on April 18. Mae was born in Hillsboro, Kansas to Dietrich and Anna Minsch on May 10, 1932 and raised in Newton, Kansas.

After graduating high school, Mae moved to San Francisco, CA. where she lived and worked a number of years at Bank of America. Mae had many fond memories of these times and loved attending YMCA dances with her sister, Jeanie. There she met Raymond Bernard, whom she married in 1952. Her husband's work took them to several states before settling in Oregon. Always a loving mother, Mae spent all of her time raising her four children. After her husband's death in 1984, Mae relocated to Newberg to be near her family.

Mae gained an appreciation and love of music from her father early on which continued throughout her life. She loved Spring rain, fair weather and backyard bird watching. She looked forward to weekend shopping trips and Sunday coffee with her kids. Mae was an avid reader, especially mystery, historical fiction and the classics. She was a life-long learner who always said "I'm a curious person. I have to know!" Mae had a passionate love for animals, especially cats and was a fierce advocate for animal welfare. First in her life, though, was always her family. Caring deeply, she often reminded everyone to take care of themselves. "Don't forget to use your sunscreen, Dearie!" she would always say.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son Deputy John Bernard, grandson Ryan Bernard and sister Jeanie Martini.

Mae is survived by her sons Joe (Geiner) and James, daughter Lee (Marty) Peterson, John's widow, Tami Bernard, grandchildren Tiffany (Ben) Russell, Elizabeth (Matthew) Crouse, Brandon (Megan) Bernard, Christina Peterson, Jeffrey (Keair) Bernard as well as 11 great grandchildren, brother Bob (Pat) Minsch, nieces Susan, Robin, Debbie and Becky and 5 grandnieces and nephews.

At her request there will be no memorial service. A private Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Humane Society of the United States or your favorite animal advocacy group.

The family would like to express our appreciation and gratitude for the loving care and professionalism shown by the team from Kindred Hospice.

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