Bernice Isabel Kupp, 85, went to her eternal home to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Sunday, July 1, 2007.

Bernice was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Ola and Edna May Goa. She received her education in Los Angeles, Calif., graduating from Polytechnic High School.  In 1940, she married Jake O. Kupp in Los Angeles, where they lived until moving to Papillion, NE in 1947.  In 1950, they moved to Sunnyside, where Bernice worked for the United Telephone Company until her retirement in 1982.

Bernice was a long-time member of Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and clerk of session.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Nouvella, the Cutter’s Group at Sunnyside Presbyterian, a pinochle club with long-time friends, as well as a participant in a ceramic group over the years.  Bernice embraced life through many activities. She was a voracious reader and had an extensive library. She spent time quilting, painting, knitting and enjoyed geneology work. In retirement, Bernice enjoyed the adventure of traveling anywhere and everywhere. They traveled to Switzerland visiting the homeland of the Kupp family and traveled extensively in the U.S. in their motor home as well as several cruises.

She was a loving and supportive wife to her husband, Jake, and mother to their four sons, Jake, Larry, Andy, and Jeff. Jake and Bernice’s greatest joy in life was their family. Bernice was a gracious woman of God who cared deeply for other people.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jake; her sons and daughter-in-laws, Jake and Carla Kupp of Yakima, Larry and Bonnie Kupp of Mt. Vernon, Andy and Nancy Kupp of Bremerton and Jeff and Ruth Kupp of Sunnyside; her grandchildren, Randy Kupp, Craig and Karin Kupp, of Yakima, Kyle and Kendra Kupp of Selah, Korie and Matt Virata of Mt. Vernon, Kara and Jim Werth of Seattle,

Kimberly and Paul Kavanaugh of San Ramon, Calif. and Mason and Maloree Kupp of Sunnyside; a sister-in-law, Alice Crews of Bellingham; three brothers, Bill (Marlene) Goa of Peoria, Ariz., Ollie (Linda) Goa of Temperance, Mich. and Raymond Goa of Roosevelt, Utah; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Ralph. The family wishes to thank for the loving care over the years to Dr. Von Stubbe and his staff, Home Health Care, Hospice and to her Pastor and friend, Katie Haney, for the nurture and loving care.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 5, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in Sunnyside. A private family burial will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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