Berenice Marie (Williams) Nolan
Aug 13, 1940 – June 29, 2017
Berenice Marie Williams Nolan was born on August 13, 1940 in Oxford, Mississippi to the late Floyd and Katie Williams. Berenice gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri until she relocated to Omaha, Nebraska, where she was a faithful servant and member of Cleaves Temple C.ME.
Berenice attended Ritenour High School in St Louis, Missouri where she earned her high school diploma in 1959. After graduation, Berenice moved to Omaha, where she met Frederick, the love of her life. Frederick and Berenice joined hands in marriage before God on May 6, 1961. Under this union they raised two children, Denetria and Frederick, Jr. Berenice worked at Kitty Clover for 25 years as a lead and union stewardess, and retired from Bemis Bags where she worked as a plant supervisor. While retired she worked at Northstar’s after-school program, running the kitchen until she could not work any longer. She served as the church’s usher and treasurer for more than 20 years.
Berenice was a striking bowler, making a name for herself by earning numerous awards and traveling all over the globe with the National Bowling League Traveling Classics. She was chosen as an honorary for the Women’s Nationals for 25 years. She shared bowling in common with her dear daughter. When she wasn’t spending time traveling with her two grandchildren, she was playing bingo with her homegirls and one in particular, Bobbie Freeman. They would call each other up and make their arrangements and whoever made it first was to save each other a seat; they also played pokeno for years. While at home, she and her husband enjoyed playing dominoes until the wee hours of the night.
Ultimately Berenice was nothing short of an extraordinary woman! She cared for everyone she came in in contact with. She knew her way around the kitchen for sure, whether it was her macaroni, dressing, or the many desserts she cooked. On your birthday she would make sure you got your dessert: for Toogy, a German chocolate cake, for Kim, a chocolate on chocolate cake, for Tonia, a pineapple upside down cake, and for Shoney, a peach cobbler.
Berenice was preceded in death by her father, Floyd, mother, Katie; brother, Charles; and sister, Mary Alice. Berenice leaves to cherish her memory: Frederick P. Nolan, Sr. (husband); Denetria Clark (daughter); Frederick P. Nolan, Jr. (son); Shanese D. Spears (granddaughter), Kendall P. Dorsey (grandson); 3 great-grandkids: Jailyn, Jordyn and Ella; 5 siblings: Annie Willis (Ken), Mary Morris, Maxine Ragland (Floyd), Floyd Williams, Jr. (Kim), and Deborah Brownlee (Johnny); a host of nieces and nephews; and a lot of dear friends.
WAKE will be Thursday, July 6th from 6pm to 8pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. FUNERAL will be Friday, July 7th at 11am at Mount Nebo Baptist Church, 5501 No. 50th St; Pastor Paul Gunter, officiating. Interment at Mount Hope Cemetery.