Anna Bernice Kays, 82, died September 27, 2021, at home surrounded by her family in Claremore, OK. Bernice was born July 30, 1939, to Calvin and Edna Bernice Dudley in Willeo Oklahoma, and was a resident of Claremore most of her life.
Bernice spent her life committed to serving her family as a full-time homemaker raising her four boys and grandson. One of her favorite things to do besides host family gatherings in her home was to gather with her siblings.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husbands, JL Kays, Jr, and Jack Massey, Sr, her siblings, Tim Dudley, and Larry Dudley.
She is survived by her sons and their wives Dale & Lisa Kirkley, Alan & Janice Kirkley, Jack & Pam Massey, and Joe & Becky Kays; her grandchildren Allen Kirkley, Melissa Warren, Misty Kirkley, Ashley Kirkley, Heather Breshears, Courtney Breshears, Erin Dickerson, and Amber Stanberry. She is also survived by her siblings Raymond Dudley, Karen Lester, and husband Steve, Kay Flatt, Linda Houston and husband Chris, and sister-in-law Jean Dudley along with three great-grandchildren, Haylee, Daniel, and David, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was a member of Sageeyah Baptist Church. Services will be held on Friday, October 1st at 1:00 pm at Rice Funeral Home followed by burial at Oakhaven Cemetery.
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