JOHNSTON CITY — Bernice Laferne (Mooney) Martin, 83, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 19, 1933, in Fulton County, Arkansas, to the late Hubert and Agnes Mooney. Laferne graduated from Ash Flat High School in Arkansas and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked for Sears, Roebuck and Co.
In 1953, she married Keith Martin. They celebrated 63 years of marriage on Nov. 7, 2016.
Laferne was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Agnes Mooney; her brother, Albert; and her granddaughter, Mindy Martin.
Laferne is survived by her spouse, Keith Martin of Johnston City; and her four children, her daughter, Cathy (Mike) Linton of Johnston City; her sons, Ronnie (Patti) Martin and Tim (Nancy) Martin of Johnston City; and her daughter, Debbie (Mark) Koopman of Glen Ellyn; nine grandchildren, Jason Linton, Jared (Maria) Linton, Megan (Matt) Leitzen, Mallory Martin, Mitch Koopman, Beth (Dan) Rack, Nicole (Justin) Towle, Alex Martin and Mikala Martin; and nine great-grandchildren, Brennan Hayes, Jace Linton, Sydney Linton, Jay Linton, Kadyn Martin, Marcus Leitzen, Miles Leitzen, Colton Towle and Mason Towle. She is also survived by her sister, Iverne Pence; many niecesa and nephews; and countless friends
She was a gifted and loving person who never met a stranger. Her grandchildren called her "Nana" and she was affectionately known as Nana Fern among friends and family. She will be remembered for her kind heart and many talents, but particularly the delicious food she prepared and served with love and joy. In addition to cooking, she enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and family get-togethers.
She was a beloved member of the Herrin Church of Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Road, Marion, IL 62959.
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