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Bernice M. Robertson
June 7, 1921 – December 22, 2020
Crofton Village Garden Club has lost a very dear member, Bernie Robertson. After moving to Crofton in 1968, Bernie became friends with Delores Schueneman and soon discovered they had both been presidents of garden clubs – Delores in Cincinnati and Bernie in Richmond. They invited a few ladies to the country club and met by the pool to discuss having a garden club. On February 12, 1969, the interested women attended a meeting with a representative from the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland to discuss the formation of the Crofton Village Garden Club. As they say, the rest is history.
Not only was Bernie a founding member of CVGC, she was also an active board member with the Crofton Athletic Council and various civic associations. In 2018, CVGC established the "Bernie Robertson Award" and Bernie was the first recipient of this prestigious award named in her honor. She was the recipient of numerous awards and citations for floral designs throughout the Maryland Region, and worked diligently to assist and instruct others in floral concept and design.
For the past five years, Bernie resided in Richmond, VA at Commonwealth Senior Living where she was also honored, cherished, and loved. She continued to assist there with floral suggestions, was an active member of the residents council, and an avid game player.
"As I look back, it was not just all about arranging flowers,
making bows, or helping to beautify the community – it was about the friendships
I made and laughs we had along the way. I am proud that the club that I and a
few gals had the vision for so long ago is still thriving in the community."
– Bernie Robertson