Betty Berry Obituary (1926 – 2021)

Betty J. Berry Lucas – Betty J. (Pugh) Berry of Lucas, Ohio, age 94, passed

Betty J. Berry

Lucas – Betty J. (Pugh) Berry of Lucas, Ohio, age 94, passed absent on Friday, January 8th, 2021 at OhioHealth Mansfield Medical center after a quick stay. She was born in Mansfield at the Eleanor Thomas Healthcare facility (now Liberty Nursing Property) on February 15th, 1926 to James (Jim) and Georgia Pugh.

Betty liked lifestyle and lived it to the fullest, never ever wanting to pass up just about anything!

Betty grew up in the Woodland place of Mansfield and attended Prospect, Woodland, Hedges and John Simpson faculties. When a person of the schools was getting created Betty and her classmates had to crawl through a window to get into the college. She realized to engage in the piano “by ear” at age 3 when her brother Bob, four several years older, acquired audio classes at property. Betty would listen to what the new music teacher played and then she would decide it out by ear and went on to participate in by ear wonderfully the relaxation of her existence mainly enjoying music from the 1920′ and 1930’s but also armed forces, Christmas and spiritual tunes and hymns. She even performed on the phase in Branson Missouri in front of hundreds of persons. She beloved enjoying the piano!

Betty went to Mansfield Senior Significant and when she turned 16 she obtained a section time career offering footwear at JCPennys near to the sq. in Mansfield. Immediately after she graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1944 she attended business enterprise school and went to perform for Taylor Steel Solutions as Dick Taylor’s secretary and then for Purdy Design.

Betty’s father Jim Pugh developed the Pugh Cabins, now portion of Malabar Farm State Park, in the 1930’s and 1940’s and Betty and her brother Bob helped. The family traveled to the Cabin on weekends and summers and moved there permanently in 1947. Her mother’s cousin reported Betty just experienced to go sing in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church choir in Lucas as there were being two qualified bachelors singing in the choir and that’s where by Betty achieved Duane Berry. Betty and Duane fell in appreciate and were being married on September 5th, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and had 62 amazing a long time of relationship until finally Duane’s passing in 2010. They did practically almost everything jointly and ended up a good couple.

Due to the fact Duane was a farmer Betty had to discover how to assemble eggs, drive a tractor, bale hay, etc. They experienced 5,000 chickens and cleaned and packed the eggs to provide on a normal route to Mansfield groceries, dining places, to Louis Bromfield, and sent some to New York Metropolis. They later experienced sheep, beef cattle, and horses. Betty worked component time as a Monroe Township Clerk and drove the Lucas Rural Mail Route providing mail for 8 yrs.

Betty and Duane experienced a daughter Connie Jean who was born in 1953 with overall health troubles and passed absent 19 months afterwards. Betty and Duane claimed they have been then so lucky to have a daughter Joan and a son Bob for which they were being really grateful. The family members was incredibly close and developed many great reminiscences of doing points collectively.

Betty and Duane played pinochle with the exact team of buddies once a month for 60 several years and had so significantly pleasurable! They also square danced and even gained the “Very best Couple” prize at just one Malabar Farm Barn Dance. They spent several night taking part in cards as a loved ones with their small children as properly.

Betty and Duane attended the Congregational Church in Lucas (now Grace Bible) and Betty served as a Youth Chief and educated a women singing team and Betty also sang in a women’s trio. Rev. J. Ray Klingensmith was the minister at the Congregational Church and saw so significantly probable in Betty that he encouraged her to go to higher education so at age 36 Betty began at Ashland University taking one class at a time though she worked and elevated her family members. She worked on her Elementary Schooling degree and served as the initial secretary for the Artwork Section in the new Arts and Humanities constructing at Ashland Faculty (AC, now Ashland University). She earned her Bachelor’s Diploma in 1972 from AC and went on to The Ohio State College to gain her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1973. She was employed by Crestview Schools and was an Elementary and Junior High College Direction Counselor for 17 a long time. She seriously beloved working with the learners and personnel the place she created several lifestyle-extensive close friends. Right after a life-threatening stoke, she retired from Crestview in 1990.

Betty and Duane adopted Rev. Klingensmith to the East Homer United Church of Christ where by she played the organ for 30 yrs and Betty and Duane sang in a quartet with the Klingensmith’s. When Rev. Klingensmith passed away Betty and Duane uncovered Little Washington Congregational Church in Mansfield shut to their house and Pastor Dave Root. They both of those seriously liked this church and became customers in 2003. Betty performed the organ and the piano and sang in the LWCC church choir for several years. In point, she performed the piano fantastically at church just 3 months before she handed away.

Betty loved expanding bouquets and grew them everywhere for several years. She lived in her residence in Lucas for 73 years and was in a position to keep in her house with the assist of her youngsters up until finally she went to the medical center. She often stated that she experienced a excellent lifetime and was truly blessed. We will all overlook her cheerful disposition and persona, her jokes and her!

Anyone who realized Betty usually observed her enthusiasm for existence, her interest in every little thing, how she loved absolutely everyone and appreciated every little thing, her enjoy and delight for her kids, her telling of jokes, her love of cookies, pies and any desert, her appreciate of playing the piano for other individuals, and her stunning sparkly sweaters and tops. So lots of have commented on how Betty was these an inspiration to them and they just loved her persona and her! Betty believed the very best of absolutely everyone and lived as a accurate Christian!

Betty is survived by her two children that loved her pretty a great deal and are pretty proud of her: Joan Berry Kalamas (partner David J. Kalamas who is deceased) of Lucas and is a Professor at Ashland University and Dr. Robert Berry (wife or husband Lynda L. Berry who is deceased) of Perrysville who is a Chiropractor and has his own Chiropractic practice in Loudonville 3 grandchildren Renee Meadows and her partner RJ Meadows of Gallatin, Tennessee, Allen Berry and his spouse Stefany Berry of Gallatin, Tennessee, and Jennifer Malinak Kalamas of Plano, Texas and a terrific granddaughter Harper Meadows, also from Gallatin Tennessee. She is also survived by a sister in legislation Ruth Berry and nephews David Berry, Jim Berry, Michael Hollinger, Brian Hollinger, and Jamie Pugh and by nieces Marilyn Johnson, Cher Cox, Elaine Yildiz, Shirley Jones, Barb Endsley, Cyndy Burt, and Debbie Saks.

Betty was preceded in demise by her spouse Duane Berry whom she was married to for 62 great years, her mom Georgia M. Pugh, her father James V. Pugh, her brother Robert Pugh and sister-in-law Marnie Pugh, and brothers-in-guidelines and sisters-in-guidelines Leo and Mabel Berry, Wilma and Max Maglott, Lyle Berry, Rosella and Glen Hollinger, and Walter and Phyllis Berry.

A Celebration of Existence support will be held for Betty on Saturday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Tiny Washington Congregational Church, 2323 Washington South Road (corner of Hanley Rd. and Washington South Rd.), Mansfield, Ohio. The loved ones will acquire readers from 12:00 (noon) until 2:00 p.m. For individuals who never experience they can go to this Celebration the family members understands.

Betty will be laid to relaxation at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Lucas at a separate time. Words of convenience may be expressed at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

Memorial contributions in remembrance of Betty may possibly be created to Small Washington Congregational Church, 2323 Washington South Highway, Mansfield, Ohio 44903.

Posted in Information Journal from Jan. 15 to Jan. 17, 2021.