Bernadine Boyer, age 82, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday morning, June 26, 2019, at her home, in the loving care of her family.
She was born June 7, 1937, in Fayette County, the daughter of Ralph and Josie (Holt) Donley. She married the love of her life, Donald E. Boyer on April 18, 1958, in Decatur, and they shared over 37 years of marriage. He passed away February 16, 1996.
Bernadine, “Mom” or “Grandma B” was devoted to sharing her time and love with her family during frequent visits, daily phone calls, iCloud, and participation in activities that she attended over the years. She will be remembered for keeping careful track of birthdays, anniversaries, and other important dates. Her longstanding interest in genealogy inspired her to research and document an extensive family lineage that has emphasized the importance of family in her life. Bernadine loved cats, and shared her home to several over the years, including her current housemate, “Kitty Vi.” During her working years, Bernadine was employed in the office at Anaconda, at both Flora nursing homes, and served several roles at Minwax including secretary to the plant manager prior to her retirement.
Bernadine is survived by 4 children: Donna Boyer of Flora, Darrell Boyer of Flora, David (Sharon) Boyer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Rhonda (Jim Smith) Keck of Vienna; a son-in-law: Joe Caudle; 8 grandchildren: Melissa (Kevin) Hall, Darren (Kim) Keck, Matt (Beth) Keck, Nathan (Cathy) Boyer, Ashley Boyer, Sarah (Josh) Davis, Erynn (B.J.) Bergner, Jenna (Nate) Smith; 10 great-grandchildren: Maddax Keck, Gracie Keck, Wyatt Keck, Kaylee Keck, Hannah Evans, Trenton Boyer, Cameron Boyer, Emma Davis, Ben Bergner, and Lane Bergner; her companion with whom she enjoyed dancing and attending events: Charles Dailey of Vandalia; as well as cousins and other extended family whose relationships she treasured. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, and her daughter, Theresa Ann Caudle.
A funeral ceremony for Bernadine Boyer will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Centralia. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations are suggested to Clay County Cancer Crusaders or Clay County Hospice, and these will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence or memory, visit: www.frankandbright.com