Bernice Heyd Hymes, 84, of Orange, passed away Thursday, May 30. She was born on March 13, 1929 in LeBleu Settlement, La. Bernice was the daughter of Ferdinand Heyd, Jr. and Elizabeth Hebert Heyd.

Bernice is preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved husband, Mertin Hymes.

Those who will most cherish her memory are her children, Elizabeth Hymes Beissel and spouse Jim, of Houston, Paul Hymes and spouse Kathleen, of Lake Charles, and James Hymes and partner Jim, of Austin.

Bernice also leaves four grandchildren: Pete Gentry Serrata, Darren Paul Hymes, Whitney Hymes Raymond and spouse Bill, and Amy Christine Hymes; and five great-grandchildren.

The Hymes family wishes to thank Debbie Courtney for her care of Bernice the last four years.

Friends and family will gather for Bernice’s visitation and wake, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Tuesday, June 4, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5,  at the church with burial at St. Mary Cemetery following.  The Mass will be co-celebrated by Father Thomas Phelan and Father Francis Conroy.

Following the burial, all are invited to join the family for a luncheon to be served in the parish hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Bernice to the Seminarian Scholarship Fund – Diocese of Beaumont, care of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4300 Meeks Drive, Orange, Texas 77632.

Arrangements are under the direction of Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.