Nadia Carolyn White Berry was born November 19, 1920, in San Francisco. Nadia grew up speaking Russian and English and graduated from Mission High School. After graduating from San Francisco City College, she met and married Wendell White on January 27, 1944 in Ellsworth, Maine; he was a teacher serving in World War II. They settled in Mitchell, his home town, where they brought up two daughters, Cheryl and Sandra. Nadia’s daughters later married and gave Nadia four grandchildren Sarah, David, Alexandra and Jillian, and one great grandchild, Evan.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church. Nadia was also a charter member and President of the Unique Study Club, a group of women homemakers who took turns researching and presenting lessons on timely subjects.
As a homemaker, Nadia enjoyed experimenting with various recipes, especially using fruit and vegetables from her garden. So delicious was one concoction, a cinnamon meringue rhubarb pie, that Nadia won a trip to New York City to compete in the 1957 Grand National Pillsbury Bakeoff. Nadia’s granddaughters continue the tradition by using her recipe at holiday dinners.
A few years after the death of Nadia’s husband Wendell, in 1988, Nadia married Clayton Berry on June 30, 1990, a widower, family friend, and United Methodist minister. After 17 years of marriage, during which the couple enjoyed a wonderful life together and traveled extensively, poor health required that they move to Firesteel Health Care Center. There Nadia continued her winning ways at the Bingo table.
After Clayton’s death, in 2008, Nadia’s health challenges continued, but she lived to meet her first great grandson and to celebrate her 90th birthday among family and friends.
She is survived by two daughters: Cheryl Nifoussi and husband Stuart of Oradell, NJ; Sandra White-Sanders and husband Clyde of Pacifica, CA; four grandchildren: Sarah, David, Alexandra and Jillian, one great grandchild, Evan, and one sister, Lou Lemp of Redwood City, CA.