Bernice Hilliard

Bernice May (Sommers) Hilliard, 96, of Alliance, died on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 4:50 a.m. at Canterbury Villa of Alliance.

Born on April 16, 1917in Salem, OH, she attended Salem High School.

Bernice was a member of the First Christian Church in Kensington and had lived in Kensington for most of her life. She had been a foster mother for a number of years.

In her past-time, she enjoyed going to auctions with her husband, Clyde.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Bergman of Kensington, OH and Janice Hershberger of Commerce, GA; four sons, Allen (Faye) Hilliard of Hanoverton, OH, David (Victoria) Hilliard of Jacksonville, FL, Mervin (Gayle) Hilliard of Salem, OH and Irven Hilliard of Kensington, OH; 24 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Jerino and Ruth Chandler, both of South Carolina; a brother, Joseph Sommers; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Clyde Hilliard on Dec. 26, 2006, whom she married on April 18, 1936; a daughter, Gwendolyn Sanson; her parents, John and Pearl (McConnor) Sommers; sisters, Thelma Dales, Eileen Roof, Irene Sommers and Martha Potts; and brothers, John Sommers, Jr., Emmet Sommers, Charles Sommers, Ralph Sommers, Samuel Sommers and William Sommers.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Christian Church of Kensington on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Gene Hydrick officiating.

Interment will take place at Moultrie Chapel Cemetery in New Franklin, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Kensington, PO Box 181 Kensington, OH 44427.

Arrangements are by the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home. Online condolences can be sent to the family at