Bernice M. "Toots" Miller, age 79, of Oquawka, Illinois passed away at 8:46 am on Sunday June 27, 2021 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. "Toots" was born on July 10, 1941 in rural Biggsville, Illinois and is the daughter of William LeRoy and Bessie Alleyne Ray McIntire. Bernice was raised in Gladstone, Illinois where she graduated from G & O High School. On October 23, 1959 "Toots" married Kenneth J. Miller in Oquawka, Illinois and he preceded her in death on June 6, 2014. Bernice is an active member of Faith Bible Church in Oquawka, Illinois and was employed for a time as an aide and in medical records at Burlington Medical Center in Burlington, Iowa. She also has served for more than twenty years as Treasurer for the Village of Oquawka, Toots enjoyed designing and making greeting cards which she sent to many. She was very fond of light houses and bringing her family together whenever possible.
She is survived by two sons, James A. Miller and Shannon of Oquawka, Illinois and Lawrence W. "Pete" Miller and Jill also of Oquawka, Illinois. There are seven grandchildren, Michelle and Tony Lemons, Owen Miller, Liberty Miller, Kenny Miller, Caitlyn Cooper, Courtney Downs, and Elizabeth Oetken. There are two great grandchildren, Lane and Kailynn also surviving. Her brother James McIntire survives in Shreveport, Louisiana.
She is preceded in her death by her parents and husband Kenny, one brother Ray McIntire and one sister, Janie Lile.
A funeral service is planned at 11:00 am on Thursday July 1, 2021 at Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. Interment will follow in the Oquawka Cemetery in Oquawka. Her family plans visitation from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and will receive their friends prior to the service on Thursday July 1, 2021. A memorial fund is being established for Faith Bible Church of Oquawka, Illinois
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