In Memoriam-Bernice Stanley

Bernice Stanley


Remembering Bernice

By Jeff Zurschmeide - April 12, 2006


I had planned to write about Champ Car tonight. I went to the Champ Car test & tune today, and I had a great time. It was unseasonably warm, with lots of sunshine and big glorious clouds floating by - the kind of spring day that makes me so glad I live in Oregon, and so grateful to be part of our motorsports community.


And maybe it's still appropriate to write about that, even though earlier this evening I heard that Bernice Stanley passed away. Bernice would have loved this day at the track. Lots of her friends were there, some great cars and drivers, and it was a day as relaxed, energetic, warm, and friendly as you could wish for - rather like Bernice herself.


Bernice was taken from us by cancer - too soon and unfairly. But for as long as I live, I will remember that Bernice faced this challenge with courage, faith, and a smile. She didn't just battle cancer, she defied it. She defied it for years longer than the doctors thought she could. And in so doing she claimed as much life as she could get her hands on, and then used that time to give of herself - she made clothing for her friends, worked the races, went to the Runoffs several times, and organized a divisional convention.


I've heard it said that you can fairly judge a person's life by the friends they leave behind. To look around and see the number and quality of friends Bernice has in this club, anyone would agree that she lived well. And when the time comes for each of us to make a reckoning of our lives, don't forget that Bernice Stanley was among your friends, and that says something good about you.


Bernice said to me last year, "Don't worry about me. I'm in the hands of the Lord." I'm going back to PIR tomorrow for another spring day full of big fast noisy Champ Cars. And I'm going to have a good time, and I'll just figure that Bernice is around the track somewhere, doing something - I just haven't run into her yet. It's like that at the track - you don't always see everyone who's there.


Memorial (PDF)
Eulogy written by Bernice's Grandson.
Memoriam from the BOD
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