May 5, 1929 – June 4, 2019

Bernadine Jones, 90, of Newton passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral services celebrating Bernadine's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Willow Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Chuck Cunningham officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Crain Funeral Home, Newton and from 10:00 a.m. Saturday until time of service in the church. Burial will be in the Mound Cemetery, Willow Hill, Illinois. Memorial gifts in honor of Bernadine may be to the Willow Hill United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be offered at

Bernadine was born on May 5, 1929 in rural Jasper County, Illinois the daughter of Aaron and Rosetta (Hart) Boyd. In October of 1955, Bernadine married Wesley E. Jones. He preceded her in death on November 28, 2005. Beginning work at Wood’s Bakery in Oblong, Bernadine later worked for the Jasper County Schools as a cook, Edlebreck Shoe Factory and Bergbower Shelter Care. She cooked for the Jasper County Senior Center for over twenty year until in retirement. For many years, she continued cooking at the Busy Bee’s Day Care.

Bernadine was a faithful member of the Willow Hill United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and Newton Chapter No. 497 Order of the Eastern Star. Her family describes her as an avid homemaker. She loved cooking, gardening, tending her flowers, caring for her three cats and ironing. Bernadine loved God, her family and her church. She spread her love with the meals she prepared, especially her fried chicken, noodles, and cream rolls.

Bernadine will be loved and remembered by her children Bill (Cathy) Jones of Newton, Carol (Charley) Earlewine of Mattoon, Randy (Julie) Jones of Lucas, TX, Tammie Mayhood of Mattoon, and Jamie (Alan) Mendenhall of Newton; seven grandchildren, Bill Jones, Jr, Nicole Jones, Jay Dee Rice, Kimberly (Clayton) Basham, Lee Mayhood, Patrick Mendenhall, Brooke (Darren) Zerrusen; great-grandchildren, Tessa Jones, Hunter and Hayden Basham, and Amelia and Edison Zerrusen; brother-in-law, Cleon Culp of Willow Hill; sisters-in-law, Judy Boyd of Willow Hill and Norma Boyd of Oblong and many nieces and nephews.

Her parents, son Mark Wesley Jones, son-in-law Mike Mayhood, brothers Bob Hart, James Boyd, Otto Boyd, Eugene Boyd and Lewis Boyd, sisters Esther Gordon, Irene Culp and Hazel Culp, nephew Cleon Culp, Jr and niece Twila Hoover preceded her in death.