Former Juneau resident Bernice J. Burrill of Medford, Oregon, died in Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii, on June 28, 2010. She was 57.
She was born in San Diego, California, on Dec. 18, 1952 and graduated from Mt. Miguel High School in San Diego with the class of 1971.
She was an ambitious woman with many accomplishments; she was the first woman in San Diego to climb a telephone pole while working for Pacific Bell, while working as an electronic assembler for Boeing she assembled components for the first 747 and a space shuttle, she also received her Alaska real estate license and worked for the State of Alaska.
Bernice enjoyed many activities; gardening, bird and whale watching, gold panning, rock hounding, fishing, biking and hiking. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and family to places like Hawaii, Mexico, California and the Oregon Coast. She was an adventuress free spirit and enjoyed life to the fullest. Bernice had strong family values and she was a proud mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob McQuillan, Fred and Esther Herbert, her brother Arnie McQuillan, and her sisters Roberta Donahoo, Christine Morse and Judy White. She is survived by her husband Rodney Burrill of Medford, Oregon, her daughter Alison (Rick) Withrow of Medford, Oregon, her brother Robert McQuillan of Portland, Oregon, her grandchildren Cassandra Hill, Rashel Herbert and Aldrick Withrow and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral with be held at Perl Funeral Home 2100 Siskiyou Blvd. Medford, Oregon 97504 at 11:00 a.m. on Friday July 9, 2010. Cards of condolence can be mailed to her daughter, Alison Withrow at 2327 Crater Lake Ave. Medford, Oregon 97504.