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Berneitta Belle Kays

May 26, 1922 - September 1, 2021

Berneitta Belle Kays

Obituary

Berneitta Belle Kays, 99, of Bradenton Beach, Fla., died peacefully September 1, 2021, in Bradenton Beach. She was born May 26, 1922, in Spring Township, Boone County, daughter to Albert Blachford and Daisy Heywood. She married Hubert Kays, Sr. November 1, 1941, in Boone County. Berneitta worked as a floral designer at Sunny Side Green House and Lights Automatic Electric in Genoa. When her husband retired, they moved to Florida and she became Commissioner of Bradenton Beach at the age of 80. Berneitta loved going to church, riding her bike in Florida, fishing and camping. She was very creative and crafty, making baskets and designs using sea shells she collected combing the beach. She knitted and quilted, sewed and was into ceramics. Berneitta was very involved with her community and at one point in charge of the disaster committee for Florida hurricanes. She was the teacher in a 4-H Home Economics boys’ club known as the Bachelor Buttons. She taught them how to cook! She also loved to feed birds, raised quails and enjoyed her beach home surroundings and nature. Berneitta was adventurous and spunky, just full of amazing energy. A one of a kind!

Berneitta is loved and will be truly missed by her son, Hubert (Alice) Kays; daughter, Donnita (Charlie) Faidley; sister, Margaret Karrienan; grandchildren, Dennis (Debbie) Kays, Jeffrey (Denise) Kays, Randal (special friend, Julie) Kays, Brooke (Dustin) Bettencourt, Eric Meinheit; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; daughter in-law, Sandra (special friend, Steve) Kays; and granddaughter in-law, Leah Kays.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert Sr.; son, Kenneth Kays; grandsons, Jason Kays and Richard Kays; and sisters, Jane Sullivan, Lorraine Blachford, Alberta Bowen, Theo Hildebrand; brothers, Frances (Bud) Blachford, Albert Blachford, Jr., William Blachford, Donald L. Blachford and Eli Blachford; and 2 infant brothers.

A visitation will be at 9 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Rev. Jackie Wills will officiate. Burial at Highland Garden of Memories. Special acknowledgement for Donnita and Charlie for their loving care for Berneitta and a special thank you for the loving care from Rose Vincent, Teri Myers, Louise Capinelli, Diane Archanbault, Brooke and Eric. Memorial contributions in her honor will be decided at a later date. After the burial, a luncheon will be provided at the home of Dennis and Debbie Kays.

To light a candle or share a memory visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:00 am - 10:45 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A visitation will be at 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Saturday, September 11, 2021
11:00 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Jackie Wills will officiate. Burial at Highland Garden of Memories.

Burial at Highland Garden of Memories.

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Berneitta and my Mom, Alice Vanarsdall were close friends and neighbors in Bradenton Beach. What fun times they had. I did get to know Berneitta on my visits . . . and what a great Lady!

Conrad Lippincott 2021-09-09T22:09:08

You are all in our thoughts and prayers. She was a great lady.

Dale and Marilyn Rhode 2021-09-06T20:07:35

Berneitta, what can I say. You will be missed. I loved being around You. You where very special & a great Lady. You loved singing & listen to music, which you did often, telling stories about your family. I see you smiling down on us from heaven, enjoying seeing Hubert & all those who went before you.

Louise Capanelli 2021-09-06T11:20:24

Sister Donnita my dear friend may the love of Jesus surround you and brother Charlie at this difficult time. Your Momma was a sweet Lady.

Angie Fletcher 2021-09-05T12:55:16

Junior, Donita, Sandra and families, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Ronald Blachford 2021-09-04T21:34:11

Donnita, Jr, and rest of the family I’m so thankful Aunt Bermeitta was part of my growing up!!! On of my favorite Aunts!!! Hugs to all of you!!!

Donna Burlo 2021-09-04T19:42:56

Sincere condolences to the entire family from a former member of the Bachelor Buttons.

Jack Engelsen 2021-09-04T18:36:09

Junior, Donitta, Sandra & families, You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Berneitta was a special lady. I cherish the memories I have of learning how to do her latest crafts, the fun, and the sound of her laughter when I visited in Illinois. Love to all.

Ronette Blachford Stewart 2021-09-04T15:19:24

Your mother used her “Dash” well, Hubert. What a meaningful life-
Thinking of you and Alice.

Letty Luhman 2021-09-04T11:56:18

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