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Bernice M. Kickham of Rockwood

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    Bernice Kickham

updated: 11/6/2019 10:35 AM

Bernice M. Kickham, 90, of Rockwood, Illinois, passed away at 4:57 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at SIH Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

She was born to the late Elmer and Audrey (nee Whitley) Williford on July 14, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri. She married E. Patrick Kickham in 1950 in St. Louis.

Bernice worked as a salesperson at Sears for 10 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chester.

Bernice is survived by 11 children, Kathleen (Mark) Albrecht of Rockwood, Pat (Karen) Kickham of Texarkana, Arkansas, Peggy (Kevin) Cull of Troy, Missouri, Jeannie Kickham of Garland, Texas, Teri Methvin of Lewisville, Texas, Mike (Terry) Kickham of St. Louis, Tim (Elizabeth) Kickham of Panama City, Florida, Jan Kickham of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chris Kickham of Tulsa, Kenneth (Sarah) Kickham of Norman, Oklahoma and Kari (Dave) Williams of Garden City, Michigan; one sister, Louise Bowles of Overland, Missouri; 24 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Peter; her son, Steven Kickham; daughter-in-law Carolyn Kickham; son-in-law Cronce Nowotny; three brothers, Bill, Stan and Ron Williford; and two sisters, Etta Mae Licavoli and Dorothy Harris.

The funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at St. Mary Church of Divine Maternity, in Ellis Grove, Illinois, with Father Larry Lemay officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Chester.

Visitation will be held prior to the funeral, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary Church of Divine Maternity in Ellis Grove.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Catholic School, both in Chester.

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