Bernadine Radford Jennings
1925 - 2021
BORN
1925
DIED
2021

Bernadine Radford Jennings

1925 - 2021

HERRIN - Bernadine Radford Jennings, age 95, passed away on May 31, 2021, at home in Herrin, IL. Bernadine was born on June 29, 1925, near Marion, IL to Chessley Wade Radford and Clara Copher Radford. She married Rue Edward Jennings on May 26, 1946. They enjoyed almost 47 years of marriage. Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband Rue, brother Donald and sister Maralee.

Surviving is her sister Lucille Whitehead; five sons and one daughter: Bryan (Veera) Jennings, Alicia Tippins, Harlan (Lisa) Jennings, David Jennings, Doug (Shanaz) Jennings, Martin (Cristie) Jennings; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Bernadine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, as well as a beloved Kindergarten teacher at Zeigler/Royalton Elementary School, where she retired after 35 years. She also loved music, and was an avid reader of Mystery Novels.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Published by The Southern Illinoisan on Jun. 11, 2021.
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14 Entries
Kaleidoscope School of Art
July 23, 2021
To the Jennings family... I had NO idea! I am so very sorry for your loss and your family's loss! My sympathy for you all! Bernadine Jennings was a wonderful lady and I was Blessed to know her. God rest her soul! Fly high with Rue Edward Jennings, your husband and with Clara Radford, your Mother. Together again!
Carol A Ferrari
Friend
June 15, 2021
Prayers to Mrs Jennings family. I remember her so vividly as such an amazing and kind teacher many years ago. Such a kind soul who made a lasting impression on me! God bless her family and prayers for comfort!
Amanda Ruggeri
June 12, 2021
Top notch teacher. She will be greatly missed. Prayets to the family for this loss.
Michael Zekovich
June 12, 2021
You will be missed greatly you're one of a kind you had such a big heart .. My prayers will be with you Christy, Martin ,Blake and Gage I love you guys
Tina Prewitt
Friend
June 12, 2021
She will be missed she was the best teacher any one could have and one of the better people any one can meet in a life time god speed ms Jennings till we meat on the other side of the clouds I´m sorry if I knew she was still around I would stoped in to see her
Michael Snethen
School
June 11, 2021
That warm smile. I remember her kindness sitting & waiting for my parents to pick me up, running a bit late. She knew just how to comfort a worried child. Much of the reason I became a teacher was bc I wanted to calm students just like she did. I'm sad to hear of her death. My condolences to the family.
Lisa Smith
June 11, 2021
To a Brilliant Educator and person. Your memory will not be forgotten.
Gary Nolen
School
June 11, 2021
So sorry for your family's loss. Mrs. Jennings was my Kindergarten teacher in 1969. And also my daughters in 1990. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Carmen Holder
Friend
June 11, 2021
Bernadine was a very special woman, she was always so kind, loving and went out of her way to be that kind of person. I'm glad she got to stay here on this earth with her beloved family for so long. Now, you all will have to wait to join her in her permanent home. Prayers and blessings to you, Martin and Christie, and the rest of the family also.
Barbara Brandon
Other
June 11, 2021
I loved her so much, she was my favorite teacher. I talk about her often. Deepest sympathy and prayers for her family and friends during this time.
Catherine Epperson
School
June 11, 2021
Although 61 years ago, I immediately recognized the name, Mrs. Jennings, and that gentle face and warming smile. I was 4 when I started kindergarten at Leiter School and remember being scared and crying on the stepsleading into school. I soon got over my fears due to Mrs. Jennings comfort and kindness. Thank you, Mrs. Jennings.
Judy (Rice)Cook
June 11, 2021
Mrs. Jennings was a wonderful teacher. I remember her very well. Prayers to all of the family members.
Jessica ODaniel (Orlandini)
School
June 11, 2021
Prayers for your family. Mrs. Jennings was my kindergarten teacher at Z-R I was one of many children who loved her and loved school Because of her. I also went into education because of wonderful teachers at ZR elementary. I am thankful that she had a long and happy life
Thalia Tharp
School
June 11, 2021
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