Bernice French
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A memorial service will be Monday for Bernice French, 89, a longtime Tracy resident and local teacher, who died Nov. 15, 2012, at Astoria Gardens care center.

A native of Wewela, S.D., Mrs. French was born Sept. 16, 1923, and had lived in Tracy 51 years. Locally, she taught reading and music at Central Elementary School and taught students at Tracy Adult School. She had also taught elementary and high school classes in Walnut Grove and in Nebraska.

Mrs. French volunteered at Tracy Interfaith Ministries and was a member of Tracy’s First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women’s Group, Soroptimist International and PEO, a women’s service organization. She supported the United Methodist Youth Group.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Lea Wyatt, and her husband, James, of Tracy; a son, David R. Coplan, and his wife, Yolauna, of Germantown, Mass.; two siblings, Marion Hixson of Tallahassee, Fla., and Donna Jean Jewell, and her husband, Herschell, of Cottage Grove, Ore.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 62 years, James French, preceded her in death.

Monday’s service will begin at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave. Inurnment will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday alongside her husband’s remains in Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, in Dixon.

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