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Jean Ellen Bernal

July 21, 1954 November 1, 2019
Jean Ellen Bernal
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Jean Ellen Norris-Bernal, age 65, of Glendale Arizona went home to be with her Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ on November 1, 2019. Jean passed away peacefully at her home in Glendale surrounded by family members. Jean was born July 21, 1954 to James Evans Norris & Babara Helen Schilt-Norris in Gardena, California. Jean spent most of her youth growing up in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA where she graduated from Rolling Hills High School in 1972. Jean also attended St. Andrews Pesbyterian Church in Redondo Beach, CA where she developed her strong lifelong faith in her Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ. Jean received her bachelors' degree in 1976 from California State Unversity Long Beach in comparative literature. After graduating, she went to work in the defense & aerospace industry where she met her lifelong husband and love of her life for 38 years, Manuel Lee Bernal. Jean was married to Manuel in 1981. In 1987, Jean went back to school & in 1989 received her masters degree in marriage, family and child counseling from California State Unversity Dominguez Hills. She became a licensed professional marriage, family, & substance abuse counselor in California and eventually re-obtained that professional license in Arizona after she and Manuel moved to Glendale, AZ in 1999. Jean was an active counselor for over 20 years. Jean taught psychology & comparative cultures at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, AZ where she was beloved by her many students. Jean eventually went on to write a book published in 2011 entitled " Forgiving Others and Trusting God...A Handbook for Survivors of Child Abuse." She is preceded in death by her father James, and older brother James, Jr. Jean leaves behind her mother Barbara, younger brother John, husband Manuel, and three stepchildren: Cindy Parks, Vince Bernal, and Alice Paszko.

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10:00 AM 11/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ 85381

Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria 85381 AZ
United States

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Arrowhead Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

21000 N 75th Ave
Glendale, AZ 83508

21000 N 75th Ave Glendale 83508 AZ
United States

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