Monday, June 30, 2014

Bernice Helene (Graves) Coombes

Belmont, NY - Bernice Helene (Graves) Coombes, 102, of 5286 State Route 19 north went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Absolute of Houghton. She was born on September, 23, 1911 at home in Scio, the daughter of the late Edward E. and Olive Morey (Ackerman) Graves. On June 25, 1938 at her mother's home in Scio she married Wilburt J. Coombes who predeceased her on May 3, 1995.

Bernice graduated from Scio High School in 1928. In 1929 she started working for Newberry's in Wellsville and graduated from Westbrook Business School in Olean. She was later employed by the Allegany County Farm Bureau, Allegany County Department of Social Services, the Town of Amity Public Works Department, the Cecil Mathern Abstract Company and the Allegany County Clerk's Office; retiring January 1, 1977.

She was a member of the Scio Methodist Church and attended the Belmont Methodist Church. She was a member of the Scio Seniors Sunshine Club, and enjoyed the senior dinners at the Belmont American Legion. In her earlier years she was a member of the "Hobby Club" where she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and giving most of her projects away.

She is survived by a son, William "Bill" Coombes of Belmont, two daughters, Jeanne Veno of Olean and Jill (David) Weaver of Arkport, two grandchildren, Jennifer Burdett and Darryl (Nicole) Seaman, two great grandchildren, Christian Jessup and Alex Burdett, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a five month old daughter, Sally Ann Coombes, two sisters, Lovina Marie Graves and Oriole Graves, and two brothers, Clyde "Bing" Graves and Clair "Spiz" Graves.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11am in the Belmont First United Methodist Church, with Rev. Roberta Baker presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Amity Rescue Squad or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

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