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Violet Bernice Knox

Birth Date: April 13, 1920
Death Date: June 20, 2018

Decatur – Violet Bernice Knox passed into Heaven on June 20, 2018 at Lincolnshire Place, Decatur, IL.

Bernice was born in Peoria, IL, April 13, 1920, the daughter of Kearney C. and Dona (Hopper) Jones. She married Lincoln “Red” Knox on October 9, 1943, in Miami, FL while Red was serving with the United States Navy during WWII. He passed away on June 11, 2006, after 63 years of blessed marriage. She was also preceded in death by her son, Gary, parents, two brothers and two sisters.

Bernice attended Brown’s Business College in Peoria, IL, for two years. She was a longtime member of First Congregational Church, where she was the treasurer for the Women’s Circle and active in many out-reach programs. Bernice and Red volunteered and served for Meals on Wheels.

Bernice enjoyed playing the piano, dancing, golfing, bowling, reading and as a hobby she loved preparing taxes. She and Red participated in Senior Olympics and won many medals. What Bernice loved the most was spending time supporting her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving Bernice are her daughter, Belva (Philip Durflinger) Gadlage; daughter-in-law, Vicki Knox; grandsons: Austin (Kim) Knox, Tyler (Whitney) Knox, and Jonathan Hammond; granddaughter, K. C. (Nicholas) Diedrich; eight great grandchildren and sister, Donna Ray Johnson.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 26, 2018, from 11:30 am until the service time of 12:30 pm at the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 3:30 pm at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria. Memorials may be made to Lost Bridge Great Banquet or American Diabetes Association.

A very special thank you to the Lincolnshire family. We are grateful for your kindness to our “Bernie.”

The family of Violet Bernice Knox is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Funeral Service
June 26, 2018
12:30 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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Graveside Service
June 26, 2018
3:30 pm
Swan Lake Memory Gardens
4601 West War Memorial Drive Peoria, IL 61615
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June 26, 2018
11:30 am
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Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services
2801 N. Monroe Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. Belva,
    I loved your mom, she loved everyone and was just pure joy and love….I was always happy to get to see her. She is with her husband now and they are dancing….

    Love you

  2. I had many opportunities to play golf with Bernice at Sun N Fun. She was a great competitor but always made the game enjoyable. Playing in her foursome, on a sunny Tuesday morning, was a great day! Conversation in the clubhouse was usually lively, especially if K.C. was pictured or mentioned in the newspaper. My life was blessed by knowing her. May God bless you and your family with many memories of your fun days with her.

    Janet Cox

  3. Belva,

    It was such an honor to care for your mother. Her smile, her laugh, her dancing and our mutual love for a good piece of chocolate made my evenings at work so wonderful.

    I am so happy for her because she has found her peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve.

    Prayers and peace to you.
    -Lexi Bledsoe

  4. Belva, We are so sorry about your mom. She lived a long life and gave so much for her family. You’re truly blessed to have had her for so long. It still doesn’t make it any easier.
    In sympathy to you and your family, Carole and Tom Hill

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