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Bernadine Fish Alvey

(Oct. 19, 1920 – Aug. 4, 2013)

“Well-behaved women seldom make history” is not true when speaking of Bernadine Fish Alvey. She was a mother, grandmother, great-great grandmother and great-great-great grandmother and, of course, sister, aunt, great-aunt and great-great aunt.

Bernadine was born in northwest Wyoming on the Andy Martin Ranch on the Lower South Fork in 1920 to Glen Cecil Fish and Maude Esther Stevenson Fish. She was “Bernie” to all who knew and loved her.

Bernie spent the first 36 years of her long, full life in the Cody area, growing up on ranches on the North and South forks and working in various businesses in Cody. 

Eventually, she married Dick Alvey and they moved to Portland, Ore., with their four daughters, where they made their home.

Bernie enjoyed life and all the things it brought, never saying an unkind word. She was an avid reader and a painter. She had an appreciation of nature, gardening and art.

Bernie had the opportunity to travel extensively here and abroad, finally returning home to the South Fork, living the remainder of her years and passing gently in her sleep Aug. 4, 2013, surrounded by those who loved her dearly.

Bernie’s loved ones remember her as one of the kindest and most gentle women to have graced their lives. They are proud to have her in their lives. 

She had two brothers, four sisters and four daughters and their beloved offspring. Because Bernie was a woman of few words, her family will not name everyone — you know who you are and the place you held in her heart.

A private service was held in Sunlight Basin on Aug. 10.

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