KEWANEE – Berneice Kay DeMay, 76, of Kewanee, passed away at 8:12 a.m., Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Berneice DeMay Memorial Fund.
She was born September 5, 1943 in Kewanee, the daughter of John and Sophie (Lazar) Van Pratt. She married George P. DeMay on June 5, 1965 in Geneseo. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, two sons, Brad (Jackie) DeMay of Kewanee and Rod DeMay of California, two grandchildren, Jonathan DeMay and Amanda Clementz and countless cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Mary Ann King and her son, Douglas DeMay.
Berneice graduated from Kewanee High School in 1961. She had worked as an operator and service representative for GTE and had also worked at Sunnyfield Nursery in rural Kewanee. She was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She loved flower gardening and her hummingbirds and enjoyed collectibles, especially Campbell Soup, Pillsbury and snowmen.
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