Bernice Jones: Queen Debut December 17, 1956 • Queen Departed December 20, 2019
LARGER THAN LIFE…..Up until the day she made her transition, Bernice “Bunny” Jones, larger than life, was her usual upbeat, busy, talkative self.
She was fresh from a vacation in Miami where her beloved daughter Jaycina had taken her for her 63rd birthday.
“Jaycina really outdid herself” she said upon her return. “I’m so proud of her!” The best part of the trip, she said, was the deep bonding that took place between them.
When she returned home her son Wee surprised her, she told me, with a generous gift and “the most beauitiful card” she had ever received from him….filled with love and appreciation.
“All is well” was one of her favorite refrains. Indeed, life was good. And all was well in her world.
Her sudden departure – she passed peacefully in her sleep – came as a shock to a lot of people. I was one of them. Bunny, my colleague and sister friend, always kept me “prayed up” and encouraged in good times and bad. We were in the trenches together…side by side. She was there when there was no running water. No heat. No money. No hope. She undertood the Challenger’s mission and importance and she never waivered. In my darkest hours she would remind me, that we were doing what God wanted us to do..then she would rush over to Jesus Crusade for prayer and a miracle, which would almost always happen. The gospel “Stand” became our theme song .
When I was 16 years old my mother taught me my first lesson in faith. My beloved sister “Bunny” reinforced that faith decades later.
I use to think that she knew everybody in City of Buffalo!
The turnout for her Home Going celebration at Friendship Baptist Church on December 27 – over 1,000 people for her funeral alone – was nothing short of amazing.
Bernice Jones, our beloved “Bunny,” went out in grand style like the Queen she was. May her beautiful, giving, faithful soul rest forever in the Eternal Fields of Peace. –alnisa
Bernice “Bunny” Jones was born December 17, 1956 in Buffalo, NY to the late JC and Sarah Mae Jones. Bernice was educated at Clinton Junior High, East High School, and did her undergraduate studies at Jamestown Community College and Erie Community College where she majored in Fashion Merchandising. She always had an eye for fashion and would tell you in a heartbeat , “I have a Buying Fashion Merchandise degree!” Her career in fashion spanned 18 years holding managerial roles in stores such as Caren Charles and Casual Corners. She was also a recipient of many major sales awards.
Bernice continued her sales career with WUFO-Sheridan Broadcasting as an award-winning Senior Sales Representative. During her 10 years there she was the key to many business-people promoting and creating awareness for their establishments through media.
For two decades she served her community and expanded her sales experience at the Challenger Community News as President of Sales and Marketing. Her dedication, faithfulness, and commitment to the paper and her people was key to the papers’ survival during difficult times. Over the years she became the face of The Challenger with her larger than life personality. She was a recipient of numerous community awards and honors including The Black Achievers Awards, Mary Talbert Men and Women of Excellence Award, and Roses Outstanding Award.
Bernice lived by her favorite scripture Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my Salvation … Whom shall I fear.” She fearlessly served her community not only in the role of a sales representative but as a caregiver; earning the respect of senior citizens, youth, and The Town Gardens community. A woman of tremendous faith, she held dual memberships at Friendship Baptist Church and Jesus Crusade for many years.
Bernice “Bunny” Jones touched so many lives while here on earth. Her bold, graceful, beautiful ways radiated strength and positivity amongst her family and friends. Her legacy of unconditional love will never be forgotten. Well loved by her family, she leaves to cherish in memory her two children Norris “Wee” Robinson Jr. of Buffalo, New York and Jaycina Meadows of Alexandria, Virginia; two Brothers Willie (Pattisey) and Harry Jones of Buffalo, New York; three Sisters Clara “Neat,” Fay, and Virginia “Gin” Jones of Buffalo, NewYork; two Aunt Anna-Jane McGee and Delores Jones of Buffalo, New York; one devoted Sister friend Helen McNamee Blair; and a host of Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.