In memory of
HANSEN, BERNICE With a clear vision to see the Glory of her King, with a voice to sing His Praise and with ears finely tuned to hear his "Welcome Home My Child", Bernice Hansen, aged 101, of Ada went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Born on August 1, 1911 to Wheeler and Sadie Stevens-Hancock, Bernice learned to love people, horses and "kitties" at a very early age while living on the family farm in Coopersville. Known for always having a smile on her face and words of encourage for everyone she met, Bernice was a pioneer and a visionary. She blazed the trail for many as one of the original Amway Independent Business Owners, was one of the founders of the American Way Association, and played a key role in shaping the Amway business for millions of IBOs and distributors to follow. But Bernice was also a wife and mother, a grandmother and friend, a mentor and a philanthropist. She loved to travel the globe and found a special place in her heart for Ireland. Her courage, passion and undaunted energy were an inspiration to all. Bernice was preceded in death by her husband Fred L. Hansen and her second husband Dr. Ralph Gilbert. She is survived by her three daughters, Marianne (Wayne) Briggs of Gambier, Ohio, Susan (Skip) Ross of Sarasota, Florida, and Karen (Jerry) DeBlaay of Ada, Michigan; three step-daughters, Joanne, Susan, and Kathy; 19 grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bernice was a longtime member of Kentwood Community Church and a generous supporter of local community efforts and ministries. Please visit www.zaagman.com for additional information on Bernice's life. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00pm at Kentwood Community Church with Dr. Wayne Schmidt officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at the Zaagman Memorial Chapel (2800 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids) on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Contributions in Bernice's memory may be made to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the Van Andel Institute, US Dream Academy, or Network of Caring.
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