Deborah Kay Bernard

Deborah Kay Bernard

July 3, 1956 – July 8, 2020

Deborah Kay Bernard, 64, passed away on July 8, 2020, in Bellevue, NE. She was born on July 3, 1956, in Yankton, SD, to Gerald and Helen Bernard, the fifth child in a family of ten. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Philip. Deb grew up in Vermillion, SD. She graduated from Vermillion High School in 1974 and attended Nursing School at the University of South Dakota. During her nursing career she worked in Des Moines, IA, Vermillion, SD, Yankton, SD, and Omaha, NE. She moved to Bellevue, NE, in 2009 to live closer to her daughter and her family. She enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Deb is survived by her daughter Amy (Joel) Woods and their children Colin, Anna and Madeline Woods; her siblings Chris (Donna) Bernard, Jefferson, SD; Jim (Brenda) Bernard, Sioux Falls, SD; Ann (Kelly) Ryan, Waukee, IA; Terry Bernard, Vermillion, SD; Richard Bernard, Yankton, SD; Karen Heege, Sioux Falls, SD; Mary (Bob) Woods, Lincoln, NE; David (Joan) Bernard, Dayton, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service: Monday, July 13th, 10:00 a.m., Bellevue Memorial Chapel, limit 100 people, masks required.

To view video of the service, click the link below:

Private Family Inurnment

Memorials for Deb may be designated to Amy Woods in care of Immanuel Lutheran Church.



  • Tanny Posted July 10, 2020 10:27 am

    Amy, you have been such a devoted, attentive, loving daughter, and your mom had the best care from you. May knowing that and having the promise of the resurrection give you great hope and peace. Love you!

  • Linda Taylor Posted July 10, 2020 7:01 pm

    She was a wonderful person so glad I got to know her! Prayers and thoughts to all ur families!

  • Julie finzen Posted July 10, 2020 10:48 pm

    Condolences to family in the loss of this dear gentle soul xoxoxo

  • David Bernard Posted July 11, 2020 11:03 am

    Busy lives and distance may have separated us physically, but our concern and love for you never waned. Your room-warming smile and contagious laugh were infectious. They showed a glimmer of your humanity and decency. Your many talents were only surpassed by your intelligence. Every Christmas was an excuse to over indulge on your caramels (and many other goodies). They were truly the best of the best. Your warm and tender spirit will be missed. May the angels among you bring you the peace you so deserve. We love you. David, Joan, Christopher, and Cecilia

  • Shawn Christopher Posted July 11, 2020 12:46 pm

    Sweet, cousin Debbie will always be remembered for the beautiful crochet blanket she made for me that I treasure, and also for her killer brownies! She will be missed. I wish we had more time together dear cousin.

  • Bobbie Boyd Posted July 12, 2020 1:40 am

    Randy and I feel so blessed to have known Deb and we send our love to Annie and the entire family. We will lift you all up in prayers for peace and comfort.

    In God’s love –
    Randy, Bobbie, Jamie, and Matthew

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