Cover photo for Bernadine Gifford's Obituary
Bernadine Gifford Profile Photo
1947 Bernadine 2023

Bernadine Gifford

October 26, 1947 — April 28, 2023



Bernadine Gifford, 75, of Sciotoville, made her transition from this life at home; surrounded by her loving family, Friday April 28, 2023, after a short, unexpected complication in the Ohio State Cancer Hospital. Bernadine is survived by her husband of 57 years, Mike Gifford; three wonderful children: Aroma Luann Gifford, Paul Michael Gifford II, Amy (Kevin) Gifford Miller; one brother: Donald Traylor of Newark; and her grandchildren: Andrew, Courtney, Hailey, Brayden, Kevin Dean, and Daniel Lee. Preceding her in death was a brother: Danny Traylor, mother: Aroma Traylor, and father: Henry Traylor. Her most important role was mother, and she often said, “I am the second mommy of our grandchildren,” as she spoiled and loved them. Bernadine is also recognized by several other kids who know and recognize her as “granny.”

From a teenager, Bernadine dedicated her life to the Lord Jesus Christ, in baptism and spirit. She loved gospel music at church, teaching & training her own children, grandchildren, and others to sing & play music. She supported the Wheelersburg “Living with a Cause” Theater for the past 12 years. Bernadine will be missed as a giving, charitable, born-again Christian, who (for a lifetime) put others before herself; serving others in our community and elsewhere. She loved helping people that were in a crisis, especially children, making sure they had shelter, clothing, and food if they were hungry.

Bernadine’s love of the camera has left an incredible record, as she spent countless hours videoing and snapping photos voluntarily. Bernadine’s pictures captured many events, helping produce the book “Living with a Cause.”  Bernadine’s statement was, “Mike, I will take the pictures and you tell the story.”  Traveling near and far over the USA, honoring programs monthly, including St. Jude’s Childrens’ Hospital, and “Tunnels to Towers” for military heroes in Gold Star families, such as Jonathan Etterling: a local hero, who was celebrated in the yearly Wheelersburg Memorial Day Parade. She was associated with a military driven group (lead by the Andersons/Beckers) called API. In 2015, Bernadine’s efforts were instrumental in securing a local Red Cross award for supporting children & military, through actions such as helping 2 people find donor kidneys, helping the homeless, and buying headstones for individuals who had none. Without her spirit of giving, many would have nothing. We will never forget our beloved Bernadine. 

A Celebration of Bernadine’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 6th, at 11:00 a.m. at New Life Worship Center in North Moreland.  Interment will be in Memorial Burial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Living with a Cause, PO Box 436, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662.

Arrangements are under the direction of the BRANT FUNERAL SERVICE IN SCIOTOVIILLE. 


To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Bernadine Gifford, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Celebration of Bernadine's Life

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

New Life Family Worship Center

1601 Harrisonville Ave, Portsmouth, OH 45662

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1563

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree