Berniece Evelyn Graber was born May 4, 1923 at Clayton, SD to Louis and Esther (Fiedler) Meillaud. She grew up and attended school at Clayton and graduated from Freeman High School and Freeman Junior College. She taught in country schools for several years. On March 19, 1944 she married Felix Graber at the Plum Creek Baptist Church near Clayton. Together they built a farm and raised their family near Freeman. Berniece farmed for many years and was a Certified Nurse’s Aide at the South Dakota Human Services Center in Yankton until retiring in 1992. She was a resident of the Menno-Olivet Care Center for the past ten years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Freeman.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna Louise Graber of Vermillion; two sons: Dennis (Peggy) Graber of Haymarket, VA and Dale Graber of Lewiston, ID; five grandchildren: Carrie Jo (Richard) Buttrey, Heather (Chad) Cooper, Dale Douglas Graber, Sharleas (Chris) Hunter, Erica Graber and five great grandchildren: Merissa Buttrey, Josiah and Shane Cooper, Evan and Eliana Hunter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Ellsworth and daughter-in-law, Donna Marie Graber.