Patricia Beard Berry, 91, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2017 at her Sandy Springs, GA home. Born in Valdosta, GA on May 13, 1926 to James Leslie Beard and Dorothy Marie Dekle (of Marianna), Patricia was a graduate of Marianna High School (1944), and married her childhood sweetheart, Richard Parks Berry (of Marianna), in New York City on the day of his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in June 1948. During a marriage of nearly 66 years, and as the proud wife of a military officer, the mother of six children, and always the “standard bearer” for a family that loved her, Patricia relocated the family 17 times, finally settling into the home she selected in Sandy Springs in September of 1973. Despite the many moves, her family never lost the comfort of home, because home was wherever she was. Throughout her life, she produced great works of art through her many hobbies, which included rug hooking, ceramics, and gardening. But she was most proud of the children she nurtured and gently inspired to follow their own very different paths, and the special and unique connections she had with each one. Patricia and Richard were past members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Marianna.
Patricia is survived by her six children, Ann Berry Ward of Atlanta, GA, Leslie Berry Elliott (and Bruce) of Jasper, GA, Richard Berry Jr. of San Jose, CA, Bill Berry (and Sue) of Milton, GA, Louise Berry Sargent (and Renford) of Newmarket, England, and Neel Berry (and Patricia) of Dallas, GA. Her life continues to inspire eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, September 13 at the Marianna Chapel Funeral Home, 3960 Lafayette Street in Marianna, and a graveside service for friends and relatives will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Marianna at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Episcopal Relief and Development, an organization committed to fighting poverty and disease around the world, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017, or online at www.episcopalrelief.org.
Marianna Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be submitted online at mariannachapelfh.com