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Eula Mae Bernard, 97, Russell Springs, KY (1924-2022)

Mrs. Eula Mae (Lawless) Bernard of Russell Springs passed from this life on Monday evening, February 7, 2022, at her home with her family at her side. She was 97 years old.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1pmCT on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Bernard Funeral Home, 367 N. Main St., Russell Springs, KY , with Brother Carroll Egnew and Brother Donnie Emerson officiating. Entombment will follow in Russell Springs City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10amCT until time of services on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at the funeral home.

Born on March 22, 1924, in Russell County, Kentucky, she was the youngest of six children born to Liston Lawless and Ada Pearl Antle Helm. Eula Mae was a homemaker and a member of Russell Springs Christian Church. For many years, Eula Mae worked alongside her husband, Kenneth, at Bernard Funeral Home, which they founded in April 1954. Throughout the years, they served a countless number of families during their most difficult times. Eula Mae was most often seen sitting on the back pew of the chapel greeting the community during visitations and funerals. When she wasn't at the funeral home, Eula Mae enjoyed walking, and baking a variety of pies, cakes, and candies that she would give away to her friends and family. She will be deeply missed by her family and her community.

Eula Mae is survived by two daughters, Barbara (and Noel) Godby, and Johnna (and Jimmy) Matney, both of Russell Springs; She was "Mama" to five grandchildren, Lesley (and Willie Hurt) of Russell Springs, Eric (and Euretha) Godby of Russell Springs, Jason (and Rebecca) Matney of Bowling Green, Adam (and Pam) Matney of Georgetown, and Tyler (and Christin) Matney of Russell Springs; fourteen great-grandchildren, Kelsay (and Matt) Chambless, Colton Hurt, Bryson Godby, Karli Hurt, Ciara Matney, Katie Bunch, Brooks Matney, Bristol Matney, Blake Wooley, Zeke Matney, Griffin Matney, Molly McQueary, Brittany (and Logan) Antle, and Tinslee Matney; and three great-great-grandchildren, Jamie Chambless, Eleanor Antle, and Claire Antle.

In addition to her parents, Eula Mae was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth A. Bernard, who passed away on July 1, 2011; one grandson, Kevin Baker Godby; two brothers, Elmer Lawless and Ivan Lawless; and three sisters, Gertie Loy, Irene Shearer, and Clora Bernard.

Eric Godby, Tyler Matney, Jason Matney, Adam Matney, Willie Hurt, Colton Hurt, Blake Wooley and Brooks Matney will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations of sympathy be made to: Hospice of Lake Cumberland, 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, Kentucky 42503.

Eula Mae Bernard's funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bernard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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Eula Mae Bernard, 97, Russell Springs, KY (1924-2022)

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