Memorial services to celebrate the life of Mary Bernice Hothem, 98, a resident of the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown, and a lifelong Newcomerstown resident, were Dec. 29, 2008, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. To honor Bernice's wishes, her remains are to be cremated. Pastor Derek Hickman officiated the services with burial in the Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette. She passed away late Friday morning, Dec. 19, in the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.

Bernice was born in Tuscarawas County on Sept. 4, 1910, a daughter of the late William and Mary Norris Brown.

She was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1929, and a homemaker for all her adult life. Bernice was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown, and belonged to the Methodist Women's Society and the Ruth Circle with the church. She was also a member of the former InterNous Club and also was a longtime employee of the Newcomerstown Elks Lodge.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Howard Burton "Tubby" Hothem, Newcomerstown, who died on May 5, 2001, and whom she married April 11, 1943. Also deceased are two sisters, Helen Brown Loveless and Stella Brown Swigert, both of Newcomerstown.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet A. and Kenneth B. Dodds of Pinehurst, N.C.; two granddaughters, Tracey L. (Dane) Hoover of Salem, N.H., and Deborah L. Dodds of Duxbury, Mass.; four great grandchildren, Dane, Erick, Faith and Grace Hoover, all of Salem, N.H.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Bernice's name to Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.