On Friday, 5 February 2021, Bernice Ann Mailki, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 64.
Bernice was born on September 8, 1956 in Merced, CA to Michael and Betty Jane (Sill) Graff. She met her husband, Frank, in Homestead, FL on October 1, 1976, and then they were married on October 26, 1976 knowing they were meant to be together. This was the start of a relationship that spanned over 44 years. During their first 18 years they moved numerous times with the Army before settling in Crestview, FL in 1993 and preparing for transition from Army life to a civilian status. While supporting her husband in his military service, Bernice also pursued her own career as an Air Force Civilian Employee. Together, Bernice and Frank raised their son, Frank Jr., and daughter, Crystal.
Bernice was a loving wife and devoted mother, always putting the interest of others above her own. She would sacrifice her own wishes or desires to support her husband in his career along with their children throughout their lives. On many occasions she stated that perhaps her purpose in life was to take care of others and admirably had a burning desire to bring out the best in both of her children. Bernice’s biggest happiness came as she realized that her children had matured into compassionate adults with a solid foundation to build their life upon. She was always there for her children through both good times and bad.
Bernice was an avid reader, and enjoyed doing various crafts in her spare time. She was known for her quick wit, her devotion to helping others, and her kind and compassionate spirit.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Betty Jane. She is survived by her husband, Frank; their son, Frank Jr., and his wife, Kyra; their daughter, Crystal; their grandsons, Gideon, Caston, and Frank III; her brothers, John and Carl; and her sister Terry. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at 3 o’clock p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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