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.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


  • Jesse & David Marez says:

    My heart broke when Mary called me and told me about “mom” Mrs. Daniels. She was an amazing mother and life long friend. She was a mother to me and my partner Jesse, like so many others. She cared and loved me as I did in return. We talked and she put me in my place when need be. She never bit her tongue as she spoke her truth. I was truly so blessed to have her in my life as she directed me when I was struggling at times. She shared her heart letting me know that everything was going to be alright with her calm voice and great big heart. I am forever grateful and indebted to her. We will miss her, talking to her on the phone and paying her a visit when I was in Sacramento. Much love and to Mary, Jr. Alvin, Michelle, Allen, Fransene and her entire familia my heart is broken too. Love David and Jesse.

  • Cindy La Marr says:

    Bernice Daniels must have been a wonderful person because she raised such awesome children. RIP and blessings to Mary Tarango and family for being such a loving part of her final journey.

  • Sandy Littlefield says:

    Mary, I am very sorry for your loss. It is always so hard to let our loved ones go, especially at this time of the year-please know my sympathies are with you and your family. God Bless

  • Thomas Morla says:

    Mary I’m so sorry for your loss may God be with you and your family at this time. God Bless you all.

  • Debbie Rios says:

    Mary,sorry for your loss your mom she was always very kind to me may she always Rest In Peace.

  • Vicie cardenas says:

    Im sorry to here about your mother allen an alvin daniels much love an respect to your family

  • Carolina Pina says:

    I’m sorry to here about this loss I love you guys..

  • T'Nina Pina says:

    I am so sorry to here of Bernice’s passing. My thoughts are with the family.

  • Helen VanHeusen says:

    Thank you so much Alan for calling me and letting me know about your mom I had a strange feeling something was going on every holiday that passes by she sends me cards and this year I didn’t get anything for Halloween bless her heart I love this woman so much it was very elegant what you guys wrote in there she was every bit of what you said her mom was just a sweet may she rest in peace she was a great woman not a mean bone in her body thank you again for letting me know always Helen her friend and her hairdresser

  • Darlene Daniels says:

    Aunt Bernice was such a beautiful woman and had a heart of Gold; she was a giving person who taught us to be respectful of ourselves and others. We had a lot of good times together, going to work and gift wrapping beautiful wedding presents and going to the local pub for a game of pool. I would love her famous dishes, BBQ pig’s feet and jag and one of our favorites was squash with hamburger.. She will always have a special place in my heart and will be missed by many, Lots of Love.

  • Jesse and Debbie Treadway says:

    Mary, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

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