BARTONVILLE - Brenda W. Eustice, age 69, of Spring Hill, Fla., formerly of Bartonville, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, under the care of HPH Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, Fla.
Born Oct. 30, 1944, in Peoria, she was a daughter to the late Beuford and Mary Rinker-Wright. She obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Francis School of Nursing, and worked as an RN for over 40 years, holding employment at OSF, Old State Hospital, Pavilion South Nursing Home, Peoria School of Medicine and the Peoria County Jail. Brenda married Vernon Eustice Jr. on July 23, 1965, in St. Boniface Church in Peoria. He preceded her in death in August of 2006.
She was of the Christian faith and both worked and attended the Salvation Army in Florida. She was most proud of being a writer of Christian drama and musicals, and was a published author by the Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Brenda loved collecting antiques, including dolls and quilts, in which she won awards in the Peoria County Fair. She was a rectora of the Christian Cursillo Movement in Peoria and a member of W.A.T.C.H. of St. Anne's Church, as well as an avid lover of her animals.
She is survived by three daughters, Ashley (Andrew) Schmutzer of West Chicago, Kristi (Ryan) Roos of Peoria and Jennifer (Sebastian) Ciancio of Danville, Ill.; two sons, James (Heather) Eustice of Bartonville and Jason Eustice; 10 grandchildren, Jonathan, Sarah and Rachel Schmutzer, Jayme Eustice, Franchezka Briggs, Brayden Miles, Emma Ciancio, Bella Ciancio, Andrew James "AJ" Eustice and Riley Reese; two sisters, Joann Bryan of Carlinville, Ill., and Robin Langston of Evanston; and one brother, Richard Wright of Illinois; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Sara Eustice (1974); one brother, Jerry Wright (1989); and one sister, Rita.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014, between the hours of 5 to 7 p.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, 1203 W. Garfield Ave., Bartonville, IL 61607. A memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Deacon Louis Tomlianovich will officiate and cremation arrangements will be accorded.
Memorials in Brenda's memory may be made to the S.P.C.A. of Hernando County, 9075 Grant St., Brooksville, FL 34613; or to the family for distribution to a
Memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel.
Online condolences may be made at www.Davison-Fulton-Bartonvillechapel.com.