Bernice Ledger, the second child of James and Ida Mae Rowell was born in Auburn, Alabama on February 22, 1935. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio with her parents when the family relocated when she was nine years old. Bernice attended Cleveland Public Schools and graduated from John Adams High School.
Bernice was a happy child who enjoyed playing outsided with friends. From the time she was a toddler she wanted to be perfectly clean. If one spot of dirt got on her dress she cried until her mother let her change. As she grew older she was chosen to do most of the housekeeping duties after school while her older sister cooked and was "in charge". Bernice enjoyed playing the piano and continued playing unitl she fell ill.
Although Bernice attended Cannon Baptist Church as a child and was baptized there by the late Pastor WIlbert Jackson, she joined New Home Baptist Church where her husband was a founding member. She served faithfully at New Home for many years.
Bernice and Clinton Ledger were married on June 12, 1954 at Cannon Missionary Baptist Church. They shared 32 beautiful years together until God called him home. They were blessed with three wonderful daughters: Rhonda who proceeded them both, Lisa Joi, and Lechanne Renee.
Bernice continued her education at Cleveland State University while working and parenting her girls. She later received her B.A in Elementary Education 1974. She had a long career at the City of Cleveland Recreation Department, retiring in 2019 with 65 years of service. Her senority was the longest in the city's history. Bernice retired from the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center as director of recreation.
Cherished memories will be shared by her loving and faithful daughter who was also her caretaker, Lechanne (Charles), her oldest daughter Lisa Joi who shared caretaking duties, granddaughters Angela Renee, Joi Lechanne, Arieanna Samone and Lauryen Amelia; sister Zula Williams (Jack dec.), sisters in law Ida Bell Ledger McCall and Ruby Rowell (James dec.); four nephews, Jack (Rhea) and James WIlliams, Darnell and Eric Rowell; two nieces Antoinette (Robert) Johnson and Donna (Mario) Foster; and a host of beloved cousins, co-workers, neighbors and friends.
Bernice was a very independent person and was ready to go to her permant home. God gently closed her weary eyes and called her to her Heavenly Home.