Bernice H. (Tufton) WhiteBernice Helen (Tufton) White passed away peacefully August 15, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at Harmony River Assisted Living in Hutchinson, Minnesota.
Bernice was born in Moorhead Minnesota on November 22, 1923 to Oliver and Florence Tufton of Kragnes, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at North Buffalo Lutheran Church in Kragnes. Following graduation from Moorhead High School in 1941, she worked at JC Penny Co. in both Fargo and Detroit Lakes. At age 20, Bernice traveled to Portland Oregon where she worked at the the Kaiser Ship Yards at Swan Island as a welder during WWII. Bernice met Leonard Franklin White from New Market, Virginia who was also working there as a welder, and they were married on January 15, 1944. For the next ten years they crossed the USA in a trailer moving to where welding and construction work was available. She often spoke of the places they lived and the many people they had met. After 27 moves across the country, in 1955 they settled in Moorhead.