Bernice E. Berry, 92, a retired salesperson and cook, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at a local hospital.
Visitation will be at McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, with graveside services at the Sumach Cemetery Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m.
Mrs. Berry was born Nov. 28, 1912, in Senath, Mo., to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Selby, both of whom died when she was six years of age. She was raised by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Ham and other relatives, along with her brother and sister. She was married to Clyde Hugh Berry on her sixteenth birthday and became the mother of four children. Her children were always the focus of her life because she wanted to ensure an education and other necessities for them. She was known as straight-forward, "spunky", but always performed her work responsibilities with integrity and truth. Her husband predeceased her in 1968. A great sorrow in her later life was when three of her children predeceased her: Lon T. Berry, Rosalie Berry and Ramona Berry Rogers.
Survivors are: Daughter, Wanda Berry Smith and son-in-law, Dr. Bill Smith, Abilene, Texas; grandchildren, Traci Rogers and Jay Rogers, St. Louis, Mo.; nephew, Wyman (Abe) Selby and wife, Bonnie, Malden, Mo.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, living in Arkansas, Texas and Florida.
During her early life, Mrs. Berry became a member of the Sumach Methodist Church. She was a Christian who loved to sing the old songs and taught her children to read the Bible and love the Lord.
The staff at National Healthcare became her family for the past nine years. A special appreciation and thank you is given by her remaining family members to all the caregivers at NHC.