Bernice Isabel Heath was born on 1 December 1917 in Richmondale, Ohio, to Herbert H. and Beatrice Armsey Heath, a steel worker and and a housewife. Heath graduated from Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, Ohio, in 1935 and worked in a department store for two years. She attended nursing school at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1938 to 1941, and did general duty nursing for the next year.
Heath joined the Army Nurse Corps in September 1942 and was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, for three months before being shipped overseas with the 91st Evacuation Hospital. From December 1942 to November 1943, Heath served in Casablanca and Port Lyautey, Morocco; Mostaganem, Algiers; Bizerte, Tunisia; and Palermo, Sicily. In November 1943, Heath was transferred to Falfield, England, in preparation for the invasion of Normandy, and on 10 June 1944, her unit arrived on Utah Beach. Heath and the 91st Evac Hospital then followed the battlefronts through France and into Holland for the Battle of the Bulge. They then moved deep into Germany and were stationed at Wiepke on VE Day in May 1945. After a brief stint in Stuttgart, Heath returned to the United States in November 1945 and was discharged from the service on 9 February 1946.
Heath worked as a nurse in Ohio and Arizona for two years, then reenlisted in the Army Nurse Corps on 22 March 1948. After a few months at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, she volunteered for overseas duty and was assigned to the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1952 Heath was transferred to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and in 1955 she was sent to Fort Riley, Kansas. Heath then attended nursing administration school at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Following that she spent several years at Fort Knox and in the early 1960s served at Camp Zama in Japan. Heath retired from Fort Knox in 1964 after twenty-two years of service.
After her retirement, Heath continued to work part-time as a pediatric and Emergency room nurse in Portsmouth. In 1975 she moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she did volunteer office work at the local Cancer Society. Bernice Heath died on 19 September 2003.