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Bernice Wright

February 16, 1936 — March 2, 2023

Bernice Wright

Bernice was born Feb 16, 1936, in Burkes Garden, Virginia to Henry and Betty Jones. She was the 9th of 11 children.  After graduating high school in 1954 she was accepted into the Nursing program at Washington Missionary College in Tacoma Park Maryland where she graduated in 1958 with her BS in Nursing.

She stayed in Maryland working as a nurse while raising her younger brother Luther “spike” Jones.  She eventually moved to Anchorage, Alaska to become a public health nurse.  Some of her adventures in Alaska were dog sledding and snowmobiling to visit people in remote villages. This is where she met her husband Elbert “Hoss” Wright, and later married in 1971 in Elko, Nevada.

Bernice and Hoss moved to Worland, Wyoming where she continued her work as a public health nurse.  While there, they adopted a baby girl and named her Beth Ellen in 1974. Shortly after they moved to Billings, Montana where she taught nursing at the Votech school and started her career as a nursing instructor. In 1980 she accepted a teaching position at the NIC school of Nursing, where she taught until she retired in

After retirement she kept very busy with her grandchildren and their friends, where she became a taxi to and from all activities.  She became a grandma to dozens of kids, and a mom to many.  She always had the right words to say, a meal to serve, or a bed to sleep in and never asking for anything in return.  She was very active in her church and became the Community Service leader in 2010 until 2022 when she retired.

She passed away on March 2, surrounded by her family and loved ones that she held so dear.

She is survived by her daughter Beth Grebe and son in law David Grebe, stepdaughter Cheryl Barber and stepdaughter Marsha and husband Kenny Pina

Grandchildren:  Andrew Grebe, Hunter Grebe, Colleen Fisher, Marnie Moore, Jackson Barber

Great Grandchildren:  Siena Moore, McKinley Moore, Lakin Barber, and Madison Fisher

She was preceded in death by husband Elbert “Hoss” Wright and granddaughter Sydney Grebe

Funeral services will be held on March 10th at 1:00 pm at the Coeur d'Alene Seventh Day Adventist Church, 111 Locust Ave, CDA

In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made in her honor to one of the following:

Gathered for Good (Food Bank); 111 Locust Ave. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814   


NIC Nursing Scholarship Program; North Idaho College Foundation, Inc., 1000 West Garden Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814, or online at, and noted “Nursing Scholarships in Memory of Bernice Wright.”

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