Bernice May Hilliard

ALLIANCE – Bernice May (Sommers) Hilliard, 96, of Alliance, formerly of Kensington, died at 4:50 a.m. Monday at Canterbury Villa of Alliance.

Born April 16, 1917, in Salem, she was the daughter of the late John and Pearl (McConnor) Sommers.

Mrs. Hilliard had been a foster mother for a number of years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kensington.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Bergman of Kensington and Janice Hershberger of Commerce, Ga.; four sons, Allen (Faye) Hilliard of Hanoverton, David (Victoria) Hilliard of Jacksonville, Fla., Mervin (Gayle) Hilliard of Salem and Irven Hilliard of Kensington; 24 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Jerino and Ruth Chandler, both of South Carolina; and a brother, Joseph Sommers.

Preceding her in death on Dec. 26, 2006, was her husband, Clyde Hilliard, whom she married on April 18, 1936; and a daughter, Gwendolyn Sanson.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the First Christian Church of Kensington with the Rev. Gene Hydrick officiating. Interment will take place at Moultrie Chapel Cemetery in New Franklin.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Kensington, P.O. Box 181 Kensington, Ohio 44427.

Arrangements were handled by the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at