Dell, Ida Bernadine, who preferred to be called “BERNIE” a long time resident of the South Bay, passed away on Monday, January 31, 2011 in Torrance. Born in Dalhart, TX, Ida is survived by husband, Robert Dell of Lawndale, CA, and stepson Steven Dell of Richmond, VA. She was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Ada Abernathy. Her memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Rice Mortuary on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:30 A.M. with a reception immediately following in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room. Ida will be cremated per her wishes. When Bernie was younger she lived in several states before finally settling in Southern CA. Bernie worked for LA Airways and after they ceased operation she joined Continental Airlines. She later joined Hughes Aircraft and finally retired from Raytheon. Bernie had a passion for flying and travel, and travelled all over Europe, Mexico, South and Central America. She was also known by her previous name “Bernie Biggs”. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA.

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  1. I enjoyed working with Bernie in the El Segundo Travel Accounting department of Raytheon. She made each workday better for all of us, because she always had a beautiful smile on her face and warm words of encouragement. I loved her attention to detail and could always count on her to accomplish her work accurately and completely. I am sorry I can’t attend the services, your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Carol

  2. I will always remember Bernie for her tenacity! She was so sweet all the time, and yet…say the wrong thing and she would let you know it! She was kind, loving, and a great friend to all of us. She will live in all of our hearts forever. We will always love you Bernie!

  3. Bernie and I had many enjoyable conversations and sometimes laughed so hard till we cried. She had told me how much she enjoyed listening to the stories of my daughter and some of her incredibly humorous statements. I miss her but know she’s in a better place.

  4. I will miss you Bernie but I will cherish no matter how short, the time that we spent together. We all knew Bernie to be one of the most honest and thoughtful person. Bernie is gone but her memories will stay in our minds and hearts. I now have another angel in heaven waiting for me when my time comes. To Bernie’s family, please accept my deepest sympathy.

  5. Bob you have my prayers and Love to get you through this lonely time of your life. I’m so sorry I was able to attend Bernnie’s Memorial. I was really not up to it. I also, missed the pleasure of meeting her at our 25th Anniversary too, I again was unable to attend. The Video was Beautiful and so touching. She was Beautiful. I believe that she’s is now with the special chosen ones above and her spirit is with you and in your heart each day. Love you, your friend forever, Jackie

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