Nadia White Berry

Dates

November 19, 1920 - December 1, 2010

Obituary

 

 

 

     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.

 


Visitation(s)

Date
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Service

Date
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time
2:00 PM
Location
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley Street
Mitchell, South Dakota

Cemetery

Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota


entry posted by Barbara Kay Davis on 12-06-2010
Sorry about the Typos
entry posted by Barbara Kay Davis on 12-06-2010
I will miss the phone calls. I had called my dad on Saturdays for years. when he died I continued to call Nadia. She always asked hou my husband was doing remembering his name. She met his shortly before my dads deasth. Will remember the same as Carol, & Rojean. We also remember the times at the Senior Ctr and Chinesse. I do have lots of fond memories, and would have liked to have been at the funeral if known about it in time.
entry posted by Rojean Sweeney on 12-05-2010
We learned of Nadia's death after the funeral. She will be missed. Our family had many fun memories of Dad's and her visits to our home. Nadia loved to work on the jigsaw puzzle we had set up.
entry posted by Carol Berry on 12-05-2010
Many wonderful memories of Dad and Nadia in Racine, Mitchell, Scottsbluff, and traveling . Enjoyed stopping in Mitchell to visit my Dad and Nadia and also taking them to Christmas every year. It was also exciting to hear about the times they spent at Thanksgiving at Cheryl's home. She will be missed by our family.
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