Mamie L. Berry


November 4, 1924 - August 21, 2009




Mamie Lucile Berry was born November 4, 1924 at Olivia, MN to Elsworth and Mabel (Welch) Bunker.  She grew up in Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1943. She attended North Hollywood School of Nursing in Santa Ana, CA.  On July 6, 1945 she married Douglas Berry.  She was employed in a law firm as a legal secretary for two years, worked at G.F. Buche Company in Mitchell and was the owner of the Bridal Boutique and Helping Hands Corporation. She was involved in mission work in Haiti, Jamaica and on the Indian Reservations.  For many years she organized the pie sales for the Methodist Church In-Gathering.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, served on the United Way Board for eight years, and was a Girl Scout Leader for many years.

She is survived by two sons: Timothy Berry of St. Paul, MN and Charles (Carol) Berry of Sioux Falls, SD, one daughter, Karen (Sam) Hohn of Mitchell, SD, two brothers: Roger (Kay) Bunker of Minneapolis, MN and Robert (Edna) Bunker of Bird Island, MN, one sister, Virginia Brandt of Olivia, MN, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Douglas, an infant son, Thomas Berry and one brother, Wilber Bunker.



Monday, August 24, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, August 25, 2009
2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

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Posted by Brian Berry on November 10, 2009
I am sorry that I could not be with you in celebrating the life of Mamie, who is now with our Lord Jesus, The Christ, and Who gives us comfort when in times like these. Praise the Lord!
Your mother, the wonderful lady I fondly remember as a shy youth growing up in South Dakota. I will always remember her warmth in personality, charming loving ways, and easy wonderful laugh and sence of humor. What a pleasure to have known her and your father.
My first rememberance of Mamie and Doug was when they returned to Mitchell from California when Doug went into business with Uncle Art at "Berry and Sons". I was five years old and it was Mamie I really remember at that time because she made a stuffed toy horse and brought it to me in the hospital where I was recooperating from surguries.
She was a tallented craftsperson who impressed me with her skills through the years with cooking, baking, sewing, working in her flower gardens, designing thier home, and putting on great birthday parties for her children. I also remember the paintings which Doug painted of each of you hanging in their home. They were a great couple to know and I enjoyed the visits together when we would travel out to Mitchell from Michigan to visit my mother in the nursing home. It was a pleasure to take them up on their offer to stay with them in their lovely country home and visit even late into the night or walk with them during the days. That was when we could talk more easily and enjoy them laughing and remembering some of our earlier family history together or share interests in faith.
It was also a blessing to know each of you: Tim, Karen, and Chuck throught the years. (Chuck and I graduated the same year, yep, we both really did graduate...with the help of summer school :-) which put a crimp into our summers as kids.)
When returning to Mitchell from Michigan I would visit Doug, Tim, and Chuck at Berry and Sons, visit Aunt Merial, Mamie, Karen, Linsey and Spensor through the years. We visited Chuck, Carol, Angie, and Amy in Mitchell and Sioux Falls. Mamie was always happiest with her grand children and enjoyed their accomplishments, big and small. The Veggie Tale puppet gang was ever ready on the kitchen window sill for their visits.
Mamie and my mother were friends through the years and I remember Mamie would visit and get ideas on various things since mom was a girls 4-H club leader and Mamie a Girl Scout leader. They had other interests together too. Mamie bought many of mom's tea cup collection that mom had acquires when she was working in a china shop in Toronto during WW II land the tea cart from the dinning set my parents had brought also from Toronto. (It was always enjoyable to see it over at Doug and Mamie's homes.) Mom enjoyed her times with Mamie and they shared similar good taste in things.
Some other memories I have, is when Mamie worked at Buches downtown, she would park her little MG behind our house with her golf bag and clubs. Sometimes I would wait on the back steps to have a quick visit with her after she got off work. She enjoyed meeting with her friends to play golf and enjoy the sunshine and outdoors.
Mamie was always a lady and her summer picnics, Thanksgiving dinners, or Christmas dinners were always special. The time after dinner with Doug and Chuck's humor was also memorable. Mamie always knew how to provide opportunities to make Good memories!
Another creative memory from Mamie's early family Christmas card with photo of Tim "The Ring Master", Karen "The Ballerina", and Chuck "The Clown" - standing on his head. Together "The Berry Family Circus."
God blessed you then and He blesses you now. Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts as you miss your mother and grandmother. Now, we look forward to being together to celebrate Christ in Heaven.
So on behalf of your late Great Aunt Ruth, Halerie, Dorine, and your late great uncle Herb Berry, I send sympathy and condolences because I know they would if they could. For me, I also send you my thoughts, prayers, and love.
God bless you!
"Our utmost for His highest!"
Your Cousin, Brian
Posted by Gary Mahoney on August 26, 2009
Mamie and Doug were friends and at times a great inspiration in my life. They are missed.
Posted by Shirleen Gerstenecker on August 25, 2009
Karen-- My prayers are for you and your family. Your mother is now resting in Jesus with your dad.
Posted by DONNA STEELE on August 24, 2009
She was such a special lady. I so enjoyed knowing her during her stay at the Asst Living in Mitchell. How her face would light up when asked about her trips to Haiti. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Tom McCoppin on August 23, 2009
Mamie as well as her late husband Doug have been an inspiration to me since I first met them in the late 60's. It was not so much what they said to me but how they lived there lives throughout the years that has helped me try to be a better person myself. It is difficult if not impossible to convey just how someone's soul can impact an others but I am blessed to have had them in my life. I send all of my love to there children as I know these last years have been tough on them as the sun sets on the final chapter of Mamie's life. Better things are now unfolding for her. My name is Tom. Mamie is now with Doug and there own Tom for eternity and await the others when there time is chosen. May a higher power be with you all,

Tom McCoppin
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