Funeral services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial is at the National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Ronald Hovey Memorial Fund at Armstrong School, Bettendorf, or to Camp Courageous.
Bernice Fay was born Dec. 7, 1916, in Walker, Iowa, a daughter of William and Nellie Ward Fay. When she was 9 years old her father died, and they moved in with her grandfather. Bernice's mother died when she was 13, and she was then raised by her grandfather and three sisters. She married Leonard C. Hovey in 1935. He died in 1987.
She worked for the Birtman Electric Co., Servus Rubber Co. and Regalia Manufacturing, all of Rock Island. She was active in the International Association of Machinists, for which she had served as secretary.
Bernice was a longtime active member of Memorial Christian Church and the church's Women's Guild. She was proud of being a star player of the Walker High School girl's basketball team in the mid-1930s. She was a generous and supportive person, always looking for ways to help children in need. Bernice loved her family and enjoyed the times they were together.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kathi Hovey, Lubbock, Texas; daughter-in-law, Joan Hovey, Bettendorf; grandchildren, Len (Suzanne) Hovey, Nicole (Stacy) Gray, Todd Hovey, Troy (Sandy) Hovey and Lisa (Scott) Lammers; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Ronald Hovey; and sisters, Fern Peyton, Wilma Schmitz and Lucille Fay.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com.
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