Bernice A. Canham

CABERY – Bernice A. Canham, 93, of Cabery, IL died Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10:50 p.m. in the home of her daughter in rural Kempton, IL. Her funeral will be held Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cabery United Methodist Church, Cabery, IL with Rev. Jane Bradford officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Cabery, IL. A visitation was held Tuesday, October 20, from 4 until 8 p.m. at Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Cullom, IL; and October 21 for one hour preceding the funeral in the church. Memorials in Bernice’s name may be made to Cabery United Methodist Church. Bernice was born July 16, 1927 in Cullom, IL, a daughter of John and Grace (Cook) Hartman. She married Richard C. Canham on November 22, 1947 in Cabery, IL. He preceded her in death May 2009. Survivors include three children:  Nelson (Susan) Canham of Yukon, OK; Linda (William) Sanders of Gardner, IL; and Sarah Mercer of Kempton, IL; six grandchildren: Jamie (David) Yelton, Amanda Sanders, Katherine Sanders, Jake Sanders, Josh (Samantha) Mercer, and Jessica (Christopher) Stewart; one step-granddaughter, Emily Nova; two great-grandchildren: Charlie Mercer and Georgia Mercer; and one step-great-grandchild, Clayton Stewart. Bernice was preceded in death by one son in infancy, Frank Canham; one son-in-law, Steve Mercer; three brothers and one sister. Bernice was educated in Cullom schools. She delivered rural route mail from June 1968 through 1990. She delivered in rural Cabery area and then in 1975 to the Gilman, IL area. She loved being a rural route mail carrier, where she always carried candy for the little kids who came to the mailbox. Bernice was a member of the Cabery United Methodist Church and the Women’s Club of the church. Bernice was a farmer’s wife, who drove a team of horses bringing in the crops to cutting hay with the tractor which she had to hand crank to start. There was nothing she couldn’t do. Her love of horses was one of the many things that she and her husband shared. She enjoyed her paperback western books, her crossword puzzles, watching the birds at her feeders, and putting together her jigsaw puzzles. She loved her children and supported them in everything they did. She then, in turn, shared that love with her children’s children, and her great-grandchildren. Bernice never wanted for anything, not because she had everything, but because she had a heart of gold and was happy with what she had. This obituary may be viewed and guestbook signed at www.calvertmemorial.com