Ella Bernice (Strickler) Marshall Hutchins, 90,  was born May 29, 1932. She departed this life Sept. 9, 2022, at Appleton City Manor

Bernice was united in Marriage to Dalen S Marshall on Oct. 22, 1949, in Benton County, Arkansas. They were blessed with 3 children, Starr, Misty and Deonne.

On Dec. 27, 2008, she married Howard Hutchins at Kidd’s Chapel in St Clair County. Howard was a wonderful    stepdad to Starr, Misty and Deonne.

She worked at El Dorado Springs Shoe Factory and Mott’s Meats most of her working career.

Her hobbies were working in her garden, taking care of her house plants and going fishing. She enjoyed “Happy Hour” with friends and family. Her favorite thing to do was go dancing. You could not out dance her.

She loved to cook and was a wonderful cook. At a moment’s notice, she could put together a delicious home cooked meal. If you dropped in unexpectantly you were not leaving without being fed.

People called her Bernice and Bernie, but to everyone else she was “Granny”, whether you were related or not.

She was known for her strength, and her last moments with us showed that. She will be sadly missed but has left us with some wonderful memories.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Charles and Jim Strickler; sisters, June Morgan and Clara Dunham; first husband, Dalen S. Marshall; husband, Howard Hutchins; son in law, Rex Schenker, and her friend, Herb Herford.

Survivors include her three children, Starr (husband, Sam Hamilton) – El Dorado Springs, Misty (husband, Darryl Preston) – Rockville, Deonne Marshall (wife, Krista) of Butler; eight  grandchildren, Karl Schenker (wife, Candace) Osceola, Chad Schenker (wife, Angela) Rockville, Crystal Tourtillott (husband, Scott) Rich Hill, Brandon Preston (wife, Kinleigh) Appleton City, Isaac Preston (wife, Stephanie) Rockville, Nolan Preston (wife, Morgan) Rich Hill, Ryan Marshall Butler, Rylea Marshall Belton; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Hayes (husband, Jerry) Creighton; two aunts, Vinita Padgett – Colorado and Audrey Harleman of Independence; and many nieces and nephews.

We will miss her, but we know how lucky heaven is to have her, until we meet again.

Service for Ella was Saturday, Sept. 17, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, with interment at Taberville Cemetery. Visitation was one hour before service.