Bernice N. Lake the daughter of the late Quinlin Nelson and Eliza (Nelson) Corley was born on Monday, April 18, 1932, in Camden, South Carolina and lived most of her life in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She was peacefully called home to be with the Lord after 90 beautiful years on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, surrounded by her family.
She received her formal education in Camden, South Carolina public schools. She was employed with Wyeth Laboratories for 25 years until she retired. After retiring from Wyeth Laboratories she returned back into the working field. She worked at Kraft Bus as a bus driver for 11 years, and then 2 years as a bus monitor. She also worked for Kids on the Go for four years as a bus monitor until her health began to fail. She really loved and enjoyed interacting with the kids, and would share stories about them all the time.
Bernice followed God’s voice and His word and attended Highway Gospel Chapel Church in West Chester Pa. She was later baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ on March 2, 1979, at Pentecostal Bridegroom Church in Philadelphia. She received the Holy Ghost April 15th, 1979, at Highway Gospel Chapel Church. Bernice became a member of Maranatha Evangelistic Temple Church in 1979 where she remained until her passing. She was truly a dedicated member. She loved the word of God and was very active in several ministries. She served as the President of the Usher Board, President of Pastor’s Aid, on the Trustee Board, Missionary Ministry, Nursery aid at the church school, and on the kitchen committee. Bernice was famous for her mac and cheese and sweet potatoes.
Bernice enjoyed crocheting, pottery work, collecting elephants, taking care of her house plants, reading her Bible and listening to gospel music. One of her favorite songs was “I Won’t Complain” and even during her failing health never once did she complain. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and loved her grandchildren. She also loved talking to her sister Louise, other family members, friends, and fellow church members on the telephone.
Bernice was predeceased by her parents Quinlin and Eliza, her granddaughter, Shelley Theresa Lake; one sister, and two brothers.
Bernice leaves precious memories to her family including; her son, Carl S. Lake, Sr. of Norristown, PA; daughter, Deeaitte "Dee" McNeil (John) of Coatesville, PA; grandson, Carl Lake, Jr.; granddaughters, Carla Z. Lake, A’Niya R. Matthews; sister, Louise Corley of Temple Hills, MD, one uncle Robert Clemons of Fort Washington MD, two sisters-in-law, 6 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren and a host of Godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bernice is gone from our sight but forever in our hearts.
Homegoing Services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Second Baptist Church, 857 Lumber Street, Coatesville, PA 19320, with a viewing beginning at 9:00 AM.
Interment will be in Philadelphia Memorial Park, 124 Phoenixville Pike, Frazer, PA 19355.
Flowers can be sent to the church on the day of the service.