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Bernice ButlerOctober 13, 2017
Bernice Amyol Butler passed away Friday, October 13, 2017 at the Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville, Missouri.
One hundred years ago on September 11, 1917, a little baby girl was born in the Loeffler Store area, which was in the western part of Adair County, Missouri. Her name was Bernice Amyol Pipes. Her parents were Charlie and Elva (Bunch) Pipes. Bernice was one of six children, Earl, Glen, Thelma, Velma and Vera.
At the age of 16 she met and fell in love with a handsome young man, John Peter Romine. They were married December 5, 1933. Eleven months later their first child, Clara Jean was born in the home of her grandparents, Sam and Clara Jane Romine. Her father John was working in Montana on Uncle Henry’s ranch and missed the big event by one day. The doctor almost missed the big event due to a big snowstorm. He had to ride by horseback from the highway to get there. Come spring, John had to return to his job in Montana. Bernice and Clara Jean traveled back with him on the train. They lived in a covered wagon out on the ranch where he herded the sheep. Moving the wagon and sheep every few days. Before winter they moved back to Grandpa and Grandma Romine’s house, which was about 8 miles north of Winigan, Missouri. Shortly after moving into their home, a son was born, Randall Roy Romine. A year later this house burned down so the family built a one-room house to live in. In two years another little girl, Helen Marie was born, just as they were building on a second room. Two years later a fourth child, Sherry Lou was born. She was the only one of their children that was born in a hospital. The depression years were very hard for them. John would do odd jobs and help wherever needed. In 1942 John headed to California to find a job. He sent money back for Bernice and the children to join him in Los Angeles, California. They became a modern family. Living in a home with electricity, running water, indoor bathrooms and an icebox to keep their food in. It was like moving into a different world. Bernice got a job working in an Airplane factory. She helped build airplanes for the war. In 1945 they moved back to Missouri to help on the Romine farm. In 1947 they moved to Winigan where they had a Feed and Produce store. In 1956 they turned their produce business into a restaurant and pool hall and lived in the back apartment until all of their four children had graduated high school. In 1958 John and Bernice moved to Loveland, Colorado where they lived for three years. To be next to their three children and grandchildren, they moved to Independence, Missouri were John was a carpenter and Bernice worked as a nurse in a hospital. John passed away in 1967.
Bernice met and married a wonderful man, Dick Butler. They bought a travel trailer and visited Florida, Arizona and Texas. They had a lot of good times and made a lot of good friends. Dick passed away in 1985 so Bernice moved to Green Castle to be near her daughter, Clara Jean and family. Her brother and three sisters all moved to Green Castle where they had a lot of good times together.
Her siblings and her son, Randall who passed away in 2016, also preceded Bernice in death.
Bernice enjoyed traveling with her children while making lots of memories. She loved her two cats, Hillary and Clinton. She took great joy celebrating her 100th birthday with her children, twelve grandchildren, thirty-one great grandchildren, and thirteen great great grandchildren.
Bernice is survived by her three daughters, Clara Jean and husband Walter Hannah of Green Castle, Helen and husband Virgil Dowell of Green City, Sherry and husband George Walker of Independence, Missouri, twelve grandchildren, Michael Hannah (Sonja), Sheldon Hannah (Suzie), Bryon Romine (Ann), Emmitt Romine (Eniko), Peter Dowell (Anita), Shelia Hill (Mike), Brian Dowell (Carol), Sonya Salter (Mike), Stacy Bruce, Stella Hellstab (John), Kelly Walker, Joni Bennett (Dave) and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Price Cemetery.