Bernice M. Mowen

Bernice M. Mowen, age 87, of Liberty, died on January 18, 2024 in the Barry Community Care Center, Barry, IL. She was born on December 17, 1936 in Quincy, IL, the daughter of the late Andrew and Clara (Ohnemus) Barry of Camp Point, IL.

Bernice married Robert L. Mowen on March 2, 1957 at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Liberty, IL where she has been an active member ever since. Bernice was instrumental in starting the funeral luncheons at St. Brigid. Her husband preceded her in death on October 26, 2012. Bernice was self-employed as a cake decorator for over 30 years and as a caterer for over 25 years. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, and flower gardening and also enjoyed reading in her later years.

Bernice is survived by:
FOUR CHILDREN: Kent R. Mowen and his wife Robin of Liberty, IL; LeAnne B. Wright of Quincy; Cheryl L. O’Conner and her husband Scot of Tehachapi, CA and Mark A. Mowen of Quincy.
14 Grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, a brother George Barry along with his wife Marilyn, a sister-in-law: Pat Barry along with numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive.

In addition to her husband, Bernice was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Melissa Allensworth, and siblings: Paul Barry, Thomas Barry along with his wife Charlotte, Vincent Barry, Virgil Barry along with his wife Frances, Bill Barry along with his wife Iona, Kenny Barry along with his wife Imogene and Carlene Barry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 11:30 AM in St. Brigid Catholic Church. Interment in St. Brigid Cemetery. Visitation will be held at St. Brigid Catholic Church on Saturday from 9:30 AM until the time of the services at 11:30 AM. Memorials may be made to St. Brigid Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The Duker & Haugh Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


  1. Dave Ferrill on January 22, 2024 at 6:18 pm

    Deepest condolences to the Mowen family. I’m not sure I’ve seen Bernice since Jo passed, but finally recall those times we chatted, always impressed with how sweet she was.
    I will regrettably be gone and unable to attend any of the services.
    Rest assured you are all in my prayers.
    Dave Ferrill

  2. Millie Barry on January 22, 2024 at 6:54 pm

    Condolences to the family. I will not be able to attend, but am sending prayers to you all

  3. Stefanie & Randy Graham on January 23, 2024 at 8:17 am

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Bernice. She was such a sweet soul. A very talented lady and lots of fond memories of her beautiful cakes. Prayers for your family.

  4. Kim Barry on January 23, 2024 at 8:14 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. Aunt Bernice was such a sweet lady, I can remember when she would walk down to the Post Office to get her mail and I would run into her and we would talk forever, she always knew me.

  5. Jan Koehler on January 24, 2024 at 7:33 am

    I knew Bernice, through her love and care of her sister Carlene. It was such a delight, for Carlene, her housemates and staff, to know at every holiday and Carlene’s birthday we would receive a delicious and beautiful decorated cake. I am sorry, for your loss, and your family is in my prayers.

  6. Melba and Jim Funk. and Family on January 24, 2024 at 12:58 pm

    Prayers of sympathy being prayed and also prayers of thankfulness for Bernice. She was a lovely lady, and very talented, kind, and generous. She, thru her beautiful cakes, was part of many of our family celebrations.

  7. Melanie (Funk) Leidy on January 24, 2024 at 1:09 pm

    Bernice’s sweet demeanor is what I remember from our brief encounters over wedding cakes. She used her time and talents to bless others. Sincere condolences to her family.

  8. Karen (Schneider) Steinkamp on January 24, 2024 at 6:31 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Bernice’s passing….she was such a sweet lady, and we also enjoyed her cakes over the years. May your favorites memories and stories bring a smile. From the Jo & George Schneider family

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