Berneil A. (Gray) Boone

July 2, 1946 ~ April 24, 2020 (age 73)


Berneil A. Boone, 73, of Peru passed away unexpectedly at 2:03 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2020.

Born on July 2, 1946 in Peru, she was the daughter of the late Theodore C. and Dorothy B. (Merkey) Gray.

She was a 1964 Peru High School graduate.

Berneil married Leo H. Boone on June 13, 1964 and again on August 11, 2001.

Most people in Peru will remember Bernie from serving drinks or food at the Moose, Elks, Shanty Malone’s or Grant Street Bar and Grill.  She retired in 2006 from Denny’s Marina.

Bernie loved to sew, bake, make candy, travel and watch sports.  The Chicago Cubs were her favorite team and she enjoyed taking in Cubs games with family and friends.  Women’s college basketball was another sport she really enjoyed watching.

She was a kind hearted, caring and funny person.  Bernie and Leo were very generous and always willing to jump in and help someone in need.  If you grew up with the Boone kids, you probably got to experience her famous Christmas cookie decorating parties, where she was the biggest kid there.  Bernie was loved by many and will be missed greatly.

Survivors include her children, LeeAnn (Michele Corcorcan) Boone of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Gary (Erin) Boone of Goshen and Stacy (Steve) Coolman of Ft. Wayne, sisters, Rosalee Hayes of Peru and Carol (David) Kunkle of Kokomo, brother, Ted (Janet) Gray of Peru, grandsons, Braxton (Ellie Shrock) Boone of Indianapolis, Brayden Boone of Goshen, Brandon Boone of Goshen, Ryan (Melissa) Coolman of Ft. Wayne, Derek Coolman of Ft. Wayne and Ashlee and Cam Jackson of Goshen, great grandsons, Ashton and Liam Coolman, sisters in law, Patricia and Sandy Boone of Urbana, Illinois and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and special friends, Richie and Tracy Ashlee and their children, McKinley and Fletcher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo, her parents, brothers, Bill, Dick, Don and Bob Gray.

A Celebration of Bernie’s Life will be held at a later date so all who loved her can celebrate her life.

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