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Verna Berniece Hines, 97 years old, of Milan, Missouri, passed away Friday, April 16, 2021 at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

Berniece was born January 4, 1924 in Pollock, Missouri to Albert and Lola Mae (Yardley) Wyant.

On September 24, 1941 she married Walter Ora Hines, he preceded her in death. She was also preceded by: her parents; special friend, Bubby Frazier; 12 brothers and sisters; a daughter-in-law, Dottie Hines; a son-in-law, Dick Bankes; and In-laws, Cecil and Eva Hines.

Survivors include: one daughter, Norma Jean Bankes of Kirksville, Missouri; one son, Larry Hines (Connie McFarland) of Milan; four grandchildren, Sherri (David) VanVelzer, Danny (Heather) Bankes, Paula (Jeff) Hullinger, and Tina (Bryan) Clark; 11 great grandchildren, Justin Lorence, Danae VanVelzer (James Myers), Gavin Bankes (Valerie Ellsworth), Desiree Bankes, Zach Hand (Na-Hyun Jo), Collin Rardon, Tristian Rardon, Gracie Simpson, Morgan Gray (Korey Stephenson), Lacey Clark, Wyatt Clark, and Zayden Lester; 2 great great grandchildren, Charlotte Lorence and Isaac Bankes; and many nieces and nephews.

Berniece was always there for her family and enjoyed all the grandchildren. She loved to read and enjoyed her flowers. Berniece was an excellent cook and the family enjoyed having Sunday meals with everyone’s favorite food.

A graveside service for Berniece was held Monday, April 19, 2021 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Green City, Missouri with Rev. Alan Coonfield officiating. A visitation was held at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. Pallbearers were: Steve Pipes, David Pipes, Donald Pipes, Marvin Pipes, Danny Bankes, Jeff Hullinger, David VanVelzer, and Bryan Clark.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Sullivan County Nutrition Site.