Bernadine Cole Ford, March 10, 1925 — July 13, 2012, of Columbia

Saturday, July 14, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. CDT
Bernadine Cole Ford, March 10, 1925 — July 13, 2012, of Columbia

Bernadine Cole Ford, teacher, musician, hostess with the mostest, wife and mother, and dear friend passed away on July 13, 2012 after a brief illness.

A woman of both style and substance, she will be remembered for her generosity, opening her home to friends and strangers alike and giving to those in need. She was a member of King’s Daughters, Pi Lamba Theta, Fortnightly, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Missouri United Methodist Church and Church Circle.

Bernadine was a docent at the Museum of Art and Archeology, contributed weekly to St. Francis House and played music for church services at Columbia Manor.

She received her Masters Degree in Mathematics and taught in Excelsior Springs, the University of Missouri Laboratory School and Hickman High School in Columbia.

Her piano playing and luscious feasts made Bernadine’s parties memorable and the kind that made you want to come back for more.

She was born Bernadine Cole in Warrensburg, Missouri on March 10, 1925, and married Edmund Albert Ford, Jr. in 1949, after having met and fallen in love while teachers at the University Lab School. They were the parents of three children, Carrie, Melissa and Ewing. In 1962 Edmund joined the U.S. Agency for International Development and the family spent five years in Lagos, Nigeria.

In 1968 the Fords returned to Columbia where Edmund became a professor at the University and Bernadine returned to teaching at Hickman High School. In 1980, Edmund received a Fulbright Scholarship and they spent a year in Thailand. Bernadine retired from Hickman in 1986.

After Edmund’s passing in 1997, Bernadine continued to contribute to her community until her death. She is survived by her children, her sister Joan Scarbrough, many nieces and nephews, and her beloved grandpups Winston and Hailey Belle.

Visitation will be held at Parker Funeral Home on Monday, July 16 from 5pm to 7pm.

The funeral will be held at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 17 at 2pm.

As a child of the Great Depression, Bernadine always wanted to make sure that no person ever went hungry again. In lieu of flowers, therefore, the family suggests donations to the Food Bank general fund, attention Buddy Pack Program.

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