Eleanor Grace Best

September 17, 1923April 7, 2019
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Eleanor Grace Best, 95, of Bartonville, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was born on September 17, 1923 in Bloomington, Illinois to Arthur and Irva (Pratt) Miller. She married Kenneth L. Best on September 15, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois. He preceded her in death on April 3, 2017 in Cape Coral, Florida. She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth and Kimberly Best and one great grandson, Tyler Best and a brother, John P. Miller. She is survived by four children, Carl (Rita) Best of Bartonville, Illinois, Cynthia (Gary) Baldwin of Glasford, Illinois, Peggy Best of Laurie, Missouri and Patricia Best of the Laurie, Missouri; four grandchildren, Ryan and Miranda Baldwin and Kevin and Karla Best; three great grandchildren, Tara, Brock, and Reagan Best. Eleanor worked at Caterpillar Inc. from 1942 to 1947. Later, she and her husband, Kenneth, co-owned Best Tree Service from 1947 until 1983. She was a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of America at Zion Lutheran Church, Past President of the Oak Grove PTA, charter member of the Limestone Band Boosters, Past President and member of the Bartonville Femmes Unir Club, Elks Emblem Club, Past President of the Zion Lutheran Women’s Organization and a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Peoria from 1950 until 2019. Eleanor loved to go shopping, especially for shoes, and always “dressed to the nines.” While working as a secretary at Caterpillar, she met the love of her life when he asked her to go with him to her sorority’s Christmas dance. Ken and Eleanor continued dancing through their 70+ years of marriage. Through Ken’s involvement in the Mohammed Temple Shrine and Great Lakes Legion of Honor Associations, Eleanor planned, organized and created many epicurean delights for numerous dinners, dances, fundraisers, ceremonial installations and national conventions. Many lifelong friendships were forged during their involvement with the Shriners, Zion Lutheran Church and several Bartonville organizations. These lifelong friends traveled the world, camped in parks throughout North America and supported each other to the end. Eleanor’s passing has left a void in our hearts that will be difficult to heal. She lived her life with dignity, love in her heart and a pure zest for the time she was with her family and many friends. She will be missed by all. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville. Rev. Michael Jones will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on Tuesday at church. Burial will be in the Oakview Cemetery near Armington, Illinois with graveside services at 2:00 p.m. Davison Fulton Bartonville Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children Hospitals. You may create an online condolence at


  • Arthur Miller, Father
  • Irva (Pratt) Miller, Mother
  • Kenneth L. Best, Husband
  • Carl (Rita) Best, Son
  • Cynthia (Gary) Baldwin, Daughter
  • Peggy Best, Daughter
  • Patricia Best, Daughter
  • Ryan and Miranda Baldwin, Grandchildren
  • Kevin and Karla Best, Grandchildren
  • Tara Homan, Brock and Reagan Best, Great Grandchildren
  • ~Eleanor was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Kenneth and Kimberly Best; one great grandson, Tyler Best; and brother, John P. Miller


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Eleanor Grace Best

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Kris Buecker

April 18, 2019

I am So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Faith and memories are some of the comforts that can help one .
Pat has shared many wonderful pictures of her beautiful hand sewn clothes lovingly made by her mom. And by her stories of your mom I know she was a wonderful woman.
Hugs and prayers.
Pat , please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family.

Jane Petets

April 15, 2019

Sorry for your loss. I have known your mom & dad through Pat & Peggy. My Boston’s love coming over to visit with the Best on all your adventures in MO, FL or IL , or run around the family room and chase each other. Especially enjoyed coming over Halloween showing off all dressed up. Pat & Peggy if you need anything you know my number just give a yell! Again sorry for your loss from the Peters.

Ruby Brodbeck Arms

April 13, 2019

To all the Family I am Sorry for your Loss but I am sure Eleanor is happy now w/Dad & High Heels but most of all in our Lords Loving Arms - We were all just about in Lois Circle & I was Chairman forever why I don't know but this one time they made a decision on something & I said I haven't missed a meeting when was it done & Eleanor said at Card Club what could u do but laugh - an at Your Dad's Funeral Bill Noack & I drove to the Cemetary and Your Mom thank Me so much for coming - I was in Fla one time & she had your Dad dance w/me think we did pretty good.
So Sorry I will not be able to make her Funeral but will keep all of you in My Heart & Prayers God Bless and Much Love & Many Hugs
Ruby Brodbeck Arms