Bernice Marie Daniels
Feb 6, 1935 - Dec 12, 2016
Bernice Marie Daniels (Gomes)
Born on February 6, 1935 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, left peacefully surrounded by family and loved ones on December 12, 2016 in Sacramento, California. Preceded in death by her mother Dominga Pina, grandmother Carlotta Gomes, husband Alvin Daniels, Sr., and son John Daniels. Survived by children, Mary (Jesus) Tarango, Alvin Daniels Jr., Michelle (Rudy) Sauceda, Allen Daniels, and Fransene (Kevin) Daniels. Grandmother to 22 grandchildren, 52 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. And mother to many who would confide in her and welcome her advice and gentle caring loving embrace.
She was a proud Portuguese woman, raised on a farm by her grandmother in her early years until the age of 11 when she came to California to be with her mother. She attended CK McClatchy High School and met her husband with whom she had six beautiful children. She was “old school” in raising a family, in that, you did everything for your family and your needs came last. She’d eat only after she knew everyone had eaten, and with six little hungry mouths, it was a gamble that there was anything left. She made sure her children had Christmas gifts when sometimes there was nothing for her under the tree. She would hold and shelter us from thunder and lightning knowing that we were scared and tell us it was going to be okay, and we knew it would be because she said so.
She worked hard as a homemaker and never left her children in anyone else’s care. When it became necessary, she worked outside the home to raise her children, without complaint. Her work career included being a Licensed Vocational Nurse, gift wrapper and laborer. She took pride in all that she did. She loved all east coast teams and shared a friendly rivalry with the 49er fans she lived with. She took great pride in watching her children dance in the many Big Times, parades and dance halls. In her day, she enjoyed playing pool with family and friends and hitting “bingo” parlors with her mother and watching daytime soaps, which her grandchildren can attest to. In later years, she enjoyed watching wrestling and animal programs while munching on whoppers, sea salt chips and soda.
What a blessing to have had this beautiful woman in our lives, our mother, our grandmother, our auntie, our friend, our loved one. She will be truly missed but always remembered as a loving, caring and giving woman who never turned anyone away who needed help or love.
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