Berenice Marie (Williams) Nolan

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.




  • Annie Willis Posted July 4, 2017 7:13 pm

    Love you SIS.

  • Annie Willis Posted July 4, 2017 7:15 pm


  • Pamela morris Posted July 4, 2017 7:36 pm

    I’m missing you old lady. I truly think you are one the best Aunts a woman can have?

  • Kaylette Blunt Posted July 4, 2017 7:55 pm

    . I am covering my family with prayer and that the Holy Spirit will continue to manifest His peace and strength. Auntie was loved. She showed amazing faith. I thank God for her.

  • Cynthia D. White, Bessemer AL. Posted July 5, 2017 9:53 am

    To Fred, Niecy and Toogie:

    My sincere condolences in the passing of Berneice. GOD is a present help in the time of need. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. This is that blessed hope of those who fall asleep in Jesus. May the peace of GOD give you the strength in due time to release her and hold on to the precious memories shared. Prayers will continue to be with you all in the days, and weeks to come. Love to the entire Nolan, and Williams Families.

  • The Denver Morris’s Posted July 5, 2017 11:31 am

    Uncle Fred. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Aunt Bernice. Our hearts go out to you and your family during this trying time.May the care and love of God provide you all with peace and comfort to get you through the days ahead

  • JOHNNY & Deborah Brownlee Posted July 5, 2017 3:17 pm

    Sister you are going to missed your smile and laughs
    You fought a good fight but good said well done Bernice come on home and get you rest. Forever in my heart

  • Floyd&Maxine Ragland Posted July 5, 2017 3:31 pm

    Love you sis

  • Johnny and Deborah Brownlee Posted July 5, 2017 3:38 pm

    We will forever Love you

  • Gwendolyn moore Posted July 5, 2017 4:57 pm

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to my Uncle Fred Nolan and Family. May the Lord cover you in your time of Sorrow. Look to the Hills for which All your Help Cometh. We Love you All.

    Gwen and Bryan Moore
    And Family

  • Cora Marie Green Smith Posted July 5, 2017 7:39 pm

    Dear Nolan Family,
    This is one of the times along life’s journey that your faith will be tested! Just hold on to your belief and faith in God and His overpowering love will get you through this difficult time. Berenice was my dear friend and my best friend in high school. I will always remember her fondly for her joy and outward jubilation when I received Christ into my life one night many years ago at the Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Elmwood Park, ( St Louis) MO. That memory and her spirit will live on for me forever. Hold on to your precious memories and be comforted in the Lord. Cora Green Smith and Family

  • Rosalyn Gooch Posted July 7, 2017 7:54 am

    Fred, Niecy, & Toogie; Though it’s been years since I’ve talked with you guys, I’ll never forget how you embraced me, Gooch, and especially Cedric into your lives. We felt like family. My prayers are constantly with you and Berenice’s extended family. She will forever remain in our hearts as we try to impart God’s Love to others as she did. Love you. Rosalyn Gooch.

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