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Bernice I. Gates


Bernice I. Gates, 90, of the Illinois Veteran's Home, Quincy,
formerly of Bushnell, died at 1:55 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at the Veteran's Home.
She was born October 10, 1918 in Colchester, to Thomas H. and Nina Holt Stone. She married John A. Gates on May 4, 1947 in Hiawatha, Kan. He preceded her in death January 21, 1972.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cathy Sue Gates; two brothers, George and Henry Stone; and one sister Emma June Endsley.
She is survived by two sons, John Michael (Ellie) Gates, Quincy, Thomas Patrick (Janice) Gates, Macomb; two grandchildren, Timothy and Sarah Gates; five step-grandchildren Cindy (Jim ) Seest, Tia Farran, Dan Farran, Heather Siebers, and Beckie Todd; nine step-great-grandchildren, Michael and Alyssa Todd, Shannon (Brandon) Lesene, Richard Russell, Kaitlyn Farran, Tiara Hoing, Anthony Farran, Jayleen Golston and Teriss Farran; and one step-great-great-grandchild, Tessa Lesene; one brother Ernice (Marlene) Stone, Galesburg; and three sisters, Doris Curless, Macomb, Norma Stone, Springfield, and Dorothy Miller, Oceanside, Calif.
She was a graduate of Colchester High School and a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Bushnell. She served her country in the Army during WWII in the 62nd WAC Hospital Company. She loved to paint, do ceramics and play bingo.
She was employed as a physical therapy aid at McDonough District Hospital for 27 years until her retirement in 1985.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2009 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, with the Rev. George Tomko and the Rev. Roger Curless officiating. 
Burial with Military Honors by Payson VFW Post 2061 will be at
Burton Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, July 3, 2009 until time of services.
Memorials may be made to the Illinois Veterans Home Activity Fund.

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