Berniece Ruth Roth

January 19, 1926 - April 21, 2018

Berniece Ruth Roth, 92, passed away in Newport Beach, Calif. on April 21, 2018.

She was born January 19, 1926, at her parent's farm home in Wayland, Iowa, the seventh of 10 children to Joseph and Barbara (Rich) Graber. Her parents, four brothers, and four sisters preceded her.

Berniece accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 12, was baptized into Sugar Creek Mennonite Church, and remained a member the rest of her life.

She married Max Roth on May 16, 1948. They had five boys, Duane, Theodore, Gordon, Byron, and Courtney, who were the essence of Berniece's life, providing them a great example and teacher of her Christian faith. Max passed away in December 2011 and Duane in August 2013.

Berniece worked at the veterinary clinic of Dr. Carl Reschly from 1970 until 1994.

Max and Berniece moved to Southern California in 2007, to be near the families of their four boys. However, they looked forward to every opportunity to return to Wayland, their home.

Berniece is survived by Duane's wife Renee, Ted (Jeanne), Gordon (Tami), Byron (Susan), Courtney (Kendee); 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Beulah Mae Swartzendruber (Dale); sister-in-law, Evelyn Garrett; and brother-in-law, Wilbur Roth (Sharon).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Sugar Creek Mennonite Church or the Special Olympics of Iowa.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive visitors at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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