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Joan Tate went to her eternal home on May 27, 2018 in Fulton; she was born December 22, 1936 in Joliet, Illinois, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Loretta (Braun) Ridgeway. She married Robert L. Bernicky on February 28, 1955. She later married Edward S. Tate on August 18, 1972 at Mount Horeb Baptist Chuch in rural Callaway County. She is survived by three children, Deborah Tate (Terry) of Fulton, Robert Bernicky Jr. (Sherry) of Williamsburg, and Dwayne Bernicky (Carolyn) of Kingdom City; four grandchildren, Carrie Bernicky and Tim Hudlow of Auxvasse, Craig Bernicky and Zadie Young, Lori Bernicky or Calwood and Nicky Williams (Curtis) of Sunrise Beach; seven great grandchildren, Sarah Bernicky, Rebecca Phillips, of Auxvasse; Katie Bernicky, Haley Bernicky, Brady Bernicky, Scott Winingear, of Calwood; Kylie Williams and Blake Williams of Sunrise Beach; a niece, Jennifer Ridgeway of Knoxville, TN and several cousins.
She is also survived by three stepchildren, Candy Salmons (Charley) of Fulton, Paul Tate (Sharon) of New Bloomfield, Terry Tate of Fulton; six step-grandchildren: Missy Wilson (Jim), Sonnie Nichols (Kevin) of New Bloomfield, Tracy Reicke of Fulton, Teresa Schrimpf (Chris) of Jefferson City, Jason Salmons (Veronica) of Fulton, Mark Tate (Deanna) of New Bloomfield; and 17 step-great-granchildren: Grant Nichols, Jenna Nichols, Ayla Robinson, Ashton Tate, Lane Tate, Elliott and Emerson Tate, Paxtyn Schrimpf, Canon Schrimpf, Dustin Reicke, Hunter Reicke, Joshua Reicke, Lauren Reicke, Lucas Reicke, Wyatt Salmons, Cash Salmons and Devin Davis.
She worked at the Fulton State Hospital for 23 years, retiring in 1997 as the Director of Environmental Services. She also worked temporarily for Mid-MO Mental Health Center in Columbia assisting them in revamping their Environmental Sciences Department. She was a member of Richland Baptist Church where she was very active in the prayer ministry; she was a Sunday school teacher for the Ladies Class for many years, she was also Prayer Coordinator for the Grand Crossing Baptist Association.
She is preceded in death by her husband Edward, her brother Wesley Ridgeway and daughter Peggy Thomas. Memorial services will be held at Richland Baptist Church in Kingdom City on Thursday, May 31 at 6:00pm with Nick Drake officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday at 5:00pm until the service.