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Kerma Dean Bernard, Love you Grandma!

Kerma D. Craner Bernard

Kerma D. Craner Bernard Kerma D. Craner Bernard, 83, of Boise, Idaho passed away Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 surrounded by her family. Kerma was born Sept. 29, 1925 in Emmett, Idaho, the sixth of seven children born to Delwin Ernest Craner and Margaret Jane Tadlock. Kerma was educated in Emmett schools where she was active in music, playing the clarinet in school bands and singing with her sisters around the Treasure Valley. She not only worked for the family business, Craner Shoe Store, but became quite the baker and cake decorator at the local bakery. She made many wedding cakes for family and friends over the years. She attended Utah State University for a year until she returned home to help her father with the family business while her two brothers were serving in WWII. At age 13, she spotted a tall, handsome, young man and knew immediately he was the one for her. On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Calvin McCan Bernard and they were later sealed in the Logan LDS Temple. Following the profession of her husband in law enforcement, she became a Deputy Sheriff for Elmore County for nine years. She also worked in the Magistrate Court System in Twin Falls and Ada Counties until she retired with her husband. They then began serving in the Boise Idaho Temple until Calvin passed away in 1990. Kerma and Calvin were the parents of three daughters. They lived in Emmett, Mountain Home, Pocatello, Twin Falls and Boise. She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin; daughter, Andrea; brothers, Keith and Darwin; sisters, Ruth, Marjorie and Becky; and her mother, father, and step-mother, Freda. Surviving Kerma are daughters, Kathy (Rick) Hall of Twin Falls and Karen (Scott) Spjute of Boise; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Shirley (Cal) Bowen of Emmett. We wish to thank all of the caring people and physicians that blessed the lives of Kerma and her family during her illnesses. We gratefully thank Dr. Newcomb, Dr. Kent, Dr. Patterson, St. Luke's Hospital, Boise Care and Rehab, Meyer Manor, Sun Health Hospital, Capitol Care Center, and all their staffs and the Hearts for Hospice family. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at the LDS Chapel, 3200 Cassia Street, Boise. A viewing will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. Interment will follow at the Emmett Ceme

Grandma Bernard Passed away this morning at about 11:00am.
This is the pink hat she wouldn't take off for a couple of days. Man she loved that Hercules.
This was a picture of her and I last Thanksgiving. I know it's kind of blurry but I liked it.
She is a stubborn little lady who loved her grand-kids. But even more, she love my grandpa, "Cal". I remember when Grandma and Grandpa would take us to lunch for our birthday. Grandpa would like to steal our french-fries.
After Grandpa passed away, I was only five, Grandma liked to take us with her to go clean his head-stone where he was buried in Emmett. It seemed she would dump a whole bottle of baby oil on it to clean it off. After that we would visit Andrea's grave, my aunt who died a few days after being born. Then she would usually always take me to the Shamrock resurant and we would get BLT's with a pickle on the side.
Grandma Bernard made the best stew EVER! I remember going to her house and playing the ATARI (spelling?) and eating he delicious vegetable stew. Meanwhile, Kaylene and Sherstine would be sitting in the middle of the room with their hands tied behind their back for fighting.
Before Gradnma would go to bed I would go in her room and we would soak our faces in witch-hazel followed by a good lather of Oil of Olay lotion. I loved to do facials with Grandma.
Before I was diagnosed with diabetes Grandma, who had Type II diabetes, would have me prick my finger to see what my blood-sugar was. None of my other sisters liked to do it but I didn't think it hurt too bad. I believe she best prepared me for the years to come of pricking my fingers.
Yesterday at the care center everone had left but my Dad and I. He had wondered off to go find a book to look read. I remember feeling the Spirit very strong in Grandma's room. I told her I loved her and to tell Lindsey "Hi" for me when she saw her. I know she heard me.
We will miss Grandma but are so glad she is with her sweetheart Cal, her Mom and Dad, her daughter and many other family members that have been gone for quite some time.
Love you Grandma!