Friday, September 18, 2015

Lucille Grimm Berry February 8, 1921 August 29, 2015

Lucille Grimm Berry February 8, 1921 August 29, 2015

Death of Lucille G Berry August 29, 2015 in Carroll County, Maryland

Lucille Grimm Berry of Sykesville aged 94, a resident of Carroll Lutheran Village since 2006, passed away on August 29, 2015.

Born February 8, 1921 she was the daughter of the late Florence Dronenburg Brandenburg Grimm and John Mahlon Grimm of Berrett and Sykesville, Maryland.

She was the wife of the late Eugene Longworth Berry, also of Sykesville, and is survived by two daughters: Linda Berry Van Hart is a recognized art teacher and metalsmith in the area and her sister Cinda Berry Rierson is a yoga therapist and consultant in the Chicago area.

Lucille is predeceased by her siblings Carlton Grimm of Mount Airy, Virginia Grimm Bushey of Winfield and Joseph Mahlon Grimm Jr. of Timonium and survived by their families.

She was the first of her generation to attend college but the war intervened as did family. With a good voice, great legs and a deluxe wardrobe loaned by a namesake cousin, Lucille performed for several decades in many productions in the Sykesville area and also participated in St Paul's Choir under the direction of Betty May.

Lucille returned to college as an adult and earned her degree from then Western Maryland College, graduating in 1972 the same year her youngest daughter graduated.

After retiring from a career as librarian for Carroll County Public Schools at Sykesville Elementary and Middle Schools, Lucille traveled with cousins Dot and Lester Loman to many National and State Parks in the US and to many European destinations.

A private ceremony for family and friends will be held graveside at Brandenburg United Methodist Church in Berrett, Maryland, Wednesday September 2nd. In lieu of flowers, contributions could be sent to set up a scholarship for a gifted student at:

Lucille G. Berry Scholarship Fund
Common Ground on the Hill
McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster MD 21157

Cards or notes sent to Linda at the McDaniel address.

Or to Go Give Yoga with notes or cards for Cinda at: Cinda Rierson:

Go Give Yoga
3015 Moore Road
Michigan city, IN 46360

Linda Van Hart wrote on Facebook, August 29, 2015, “Thanks for remembering Mom”

I visited Mom almost every day of her last month. Eden was with her for hours 3 days of those weeks so I could get ready for college classes and visit our relatives. Cinda and I took shifts so that one of us was always with Mom during her last 4 1/2 days. Cousin Barbie sang hymns to her.

I sang show tunes and songs Betty May taught us. Her last bite of food was ice cream. I told Mom that Cinda and I were with her and that she did not have to take care of us anymore and could let go. I was holding her hand when she did.

Walt Michael played hammered dulcimer and Rob Caswell guitar for us at Brandenburg UMC. Pastor Jimmy gathered friends and family inside the 4 Bs marking the corners of our family Brandenburg plot and gave the most personal service I have ever heard graveside.

Mom’s principle Don Pyles spoke about her days as a librarian. Betty May led us in singing Amazing Grace.

We had lunch at Liberatores. I sang our theme song, Hey Look Me Over, as I served the pond cake cousin Carol brought for desert. Carol is the only one that can make it just like Mom did. Cinda cut apart 18 years of school pictures to pass in baskets for everyone to pick their favorite of our beautiful mother.

We passed boxes of photos to each cousin from the many albums of Mom, Aunt Ginny and Uncle Frank and of course Nanny and Pop. It was just the way Mom would wanted it.

Thanks to all who have remembered Lucille Berry on Facebook, through cards, e-cards, emails, phone calls, and messages. Thanks to those who have made donations to Common Ground on The Hill and Go Yoga. Your hugs have really helped and the stories and memories continue to flow. Linda
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