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Bernice “Bernie” Irene McQuay James

Bernice “Bernie” Irene McQuay James, 91, passed away July 22, 2023 at Signature Healthcare of Chillicothe, Ohio with her children at her bedside.  She was born September 10, 1931 in Waverly, Ohio to the late Edgar McQuay and Iva Lee McQuay.

She is survived by a son, Ronald Salyers of Gahanna, Ohio; two daughters, Teresa Salyers Rhinehart and Tina Salyers Bapst, both of Chillicothe; two special granddaughters, Chelsea Bapst of Mexico, New York and Hannah Bapst of LaJolla, California; seven additional grandchildren; four special great grandchildren, Aidan Judd and Anderson Judd of Waverly, Bella Massie of Chillicothe, and Wyatt Massie of Columbus, Ohio; a brother. Larry McQuay; a sister, Kathryn Pendleton (Logan); a sister-in-law, Connie McQuay all of Waverly; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two sons, Paul Salyers and Jackie Salyers; a son-in-law, Larry Rhinehart; a great-granddaughter, Elora Grace Judd; two brothers, Ronald Wilbur McQuay and Edgar Franklin McQuay; three sisters, Marilyn Nunnery, Ruth Germaine McQuay and Marguerite Sines.

Bernie spent 20 years working as a nursing assistant at the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe.  She loved her job and always had a story to tell.  The veterans loved this spunky little lady and she loved them!  Bernie was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 108 and was involved in many programs benefitting our veterans.  If you knew Bernie, you loved her.  She never met a stranger and saw the good in everyone.

The family would like to thank Signature Healthcare for the care our mother received and ProMedica Hospice Care for making her end of life journey much easier.

“We remember their love when they no longer remember.”

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Botkin Hornback Funeral Home in Waverly with Chaplain Jeremy Schinkle officiating.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.


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