Bernice Ragsdale, 97, formerly of East Alton, passed away July 1, 2019 at the Baltimore-Washington Memorial Hospital in Glenn Burnie, Maryland.
She was born Jan. 22, 1922 in Herrin, the daughter of the Bryan and Nettie (Bradley) Grosvenor.
She married Warren Ragsdale on Feb. 22, 1945 and he proceeded her in death on Dec. 26, 2006.
Bernice is survived by one son, Scott Ragsdale of Arnold, Maryland, five grandchildren, Lisa Forrest, Lori White, Lynn White, Jeremy Ragsdale, all residing in Maryland and Dana Lashley of Indianapolis, eight great-grandchildren, Lexi, Kelsey, Matthew, Samuel, Madelyn, Maxwell, Audrey and Samantha.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Brent Ragsdale in 1995.
Bernice was formerly employed as an elementary teacher in the Roxana School District for 25 years. She achieved a Masters Degree in Education at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville in 1970.
A devout Christian and lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Wood River, Bernice loved to sing in the choir and serve others.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Visitation will be held from 10 am-12 pm, Friday, September 20 at Marks Mortuary in Wood River.
Private inurrnment services will be in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. Rev. Dr. Cary Beckwith will officiate.