The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES -

Mrs. Is­abel Jones Berry, af­fec­tion­ately known as Mother Berry, born Oc­to­ber 21, 1923, went to be with the Lord Sun­day, Jan­uary 8, 2017, at Colo­nial Heights Health Care Cen­ter, Colo­nial Heights, Va. She was a na­tive of Peters­burg, Va., (5th Ward Com­mu­nity) but resided in Ch­ester­field County.

For 92 years, Mrs. Berry never had an ill­ness, but dur­ing this time she han­dled her change in phys­i­cal sta­tus with a great level of faith, grace, dig­nity, a strong will and de­ter­mi­na­tion for her­self and her fam­ily. Is­abel was one of two chil­dren born to the late Alice J. Lanier (Miss Peaches). Mother Berry loved God, food and life with her fam­ily, friends, and her church fam­ily of Bethesda Bap­tist Church.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, the late Richard C. Berry III whom she mar­ried in Jan­uary 1943; her mother, Alice Lanier; and aunt, Inez Gib­son; and great grand­son, Jeremiah.

She leaves to cher­ish her lov­ing me­mories, a brother, James Arthur Lanier (Latishia); seven chil­dren, Richard C. Berry IV (Janet), de­voted and lov­ing Alice B. Pyer (Charles), de­voted and lov­ing Lewis J. Berry (Valarie), Adol­phus M. Berry (Nell), Chris­tian L. Berry (El­iz­a­beth), Alonzo S. Berry (Karen) and de­voted and lov­ing, Em­mett M. Berry (Ju­dith); brother-in­law, Wil­liam L. Berry; sev­en­teen grand­chil­dren; nine­teen great grand­chil­dren; five great-great grand­chil­dren; a close and lov­ing cousin, Mil­dred Hayes; close, lov­ing and com­mit­ted cousins the Gressems, Wil­liams, and Arnold fam­i­lies; and host of nieces, neph­ews and friends.

At an early age, Is­abel joined Mt. Olivet Bap­tist Church, Peters­burg, Va., and later in life, joined Bethesda Bap­tist Church in Colo­nial Heights, Va., where she served on the fol­low­ing com­mit­tees: Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety Cir­cle No. 1, mem­ber of Happy Young Hearted Se­nior Min­istry, and mem­ber of the Dea­coness Min­istry. She loved par­tic­i­pat­ing in Café Nuggets Bi­ble Study as a way of shar­ing her kind-hearted spirit of hap­pi­ness and love to her fel­low friends to name a few, Dorothy West, Ju­lia McGill, Bar­bara Jones, Mar­ion Swann, Mil­dred McClenny and Shirley Martin-Flow­ers.

Mrs. Berry was a ded­i­cated em­ployee of Ch­ester­field County Schools where she served as a bus driver for over 30 years un­til she re­tired to do what she loved best and that is “FAM­ILY.” Is­abel was highly re­spected and rec­og­nized as an icon of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver High School in Chester, Va. Mother Berry be­came a care­taker for her grand­chil­dren, great grand­chil­dren and great-great grand­chil­dren and many fam­i­lies in the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity. She greeted every­one with love, a gen­uine smile and words of en­cour­age­ment in the care tak­ing of their chil­dren. She con­sis­tently pro­vided a spir­i­tual and lov­ing home.

Out­side of tak­ing care of chil­dren, she opened her home to stu­dents of Vir­ginia State Univer­sity and sol­diers from Fort Lee, Va. She pro­vided strangers with a warm and lov­ing home away from home.

Mother Berry is truly go­ing to be missed by her fam­ily and friends. We know that heaven is go­ing to wel­come her with open arms!

The fam­ily will mourn her leav­ing this heav­enly earth to join our fa­ther, grand­mother, and other fam­ily mem­bers. How­ever, we sing with praises and joy for her tran­si­tion over to the king­dom of heaven with God and his an­gels.

Ser­vices for Mrs. Is­abel J. Berry will be held at 12 noon Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, 2017, at Bethesda Bap­tist Church, Woods Edge Road, South Ch­ester­field, Va., the Rev. Dr. Juanita A.W. Har­ri­son, eu­lo­gist. In­ter­ment to fol­low­ing at Ber­muda Memo­rial Park.

Wake ser­vices for Mrs. Berry will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.Thurs­day, Jan­uary 12, 2017, at the fu­neral es­tab­lish­ment.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the res­i­dence of Richard C. Berry IV at 14000 Woods Edge Road, South Ch­ester­field, Va., and may be con­tacted by call­ing the fol­low­ing: Richard Berry at (804) 530-3597 or Alice Pyer (Maudelle) at (804) 520-8350.

The fam­ily will as­sem­ble 11 a.m. the day of the ser­vice at 105 Lake­side Drive, Colo­nial Heights, Va., the day of the ser­vices.

Fam­ily mem­bers and friends are in­vited to pay fi­nal trib­ute to Mrs. Berry at www.jmwilk­er­son­

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­

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