Bernice Root

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter
Bernice Root

WASHINGTON…Bernice A. Root, 97, formerly of Peoria, died at 4 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2008, at the Washington Christian Village Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 9, 1911, in Peoria to Eli and Nina Julien, she married Wilber Root July 8, 1933, in Peoria. He died March 5, 2001, in Peoria.

Also preceding her in death were four brothers and four sisters, and one grandson.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Cruse of Washington; one son, Ronald (Luanne) of Washington; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and five sisters, Norma Paquet of Peoria, Helen Whitfield and Leeda (Melvin) Daxenbichler, both of Bartonville, Jenny (Bill) Whitby and Betty Murphy, both of Hanna City.

She was a former member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

There will be no visitiation. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. May 17 in the the chapel at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. The Rev. Bob DeBolt will officiate. Mason-White Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.

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