Bernice E. (Aiken) Hornby- Simoneau


Bernice E. (Aiken) Hornby- Simoneau 93 passed away peacefully on May 28, 2021, with her family by her side in North Kingstown, following a period of failing health. Bernice was born at home in Warwick on January 30, 1928, to the late George H. Aiken Sr. and Elizabeth (Jackson) Aiken.

Bernice graduated from Samuel Gorton High School in Warwick. During her school days she served as class secretary, treasurer, and participated on the executive committee, in the Gorton Follies, the Jr. Red Cross, the Christmas Pageant, Operetta, Riding club, and the senior play. Bernice retired from New England Telephone Company. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, crossword puzzles, and “family shopping day” every Wednesday, and was a Mary Kay beauty consultant. Bernice was a member of Woodbury Union Church Presbyterian, and Order of the Rainbow.

In 1975, Bernice married Wilfred J. Simoneau, who passed in 2015. Bernice is survived by her loving children, Nancy (Hornby) Jansen, Gale (Hornby) Carpenter and her husband Dennis, and John Hornby, and her seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was the mother-in-law of the late Raelene (Laroche) Hornby. She was the sister of Eleanor M. Aiken Foote, and the late George H. Aiken Jr.

The family is especially grateful to Hope Health Hospice, and to Bernice’s long-time caregiver Karen Praski for her compassion, friendship, and skilled assistance making Bernice’s final days comfortable and peaceful.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday June 2, 2021, at 12 P.M. in the Carpenter Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Ave. West Warwick. Visitation was from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. Burial at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery was private.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, memorial may be made to Hope Health Hospice, 1085 North Main St. Providence, RI 02904. Please visit for online condolences


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