Published 5:00 am Monday, July 13, 2009


Services for Mary Loyce Berry, of Wesson, are 3 p.m. Sunday,July 12, at Wesson Baptist Church with burial in Wesson Cemetery.Stringer Family Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 2 until 3 p.m. at the church.

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Mrs. Berry, 74, died July 10, 2009, at Hospice Ministries inRidgeland. She was born on May 30, 1935, to Barney Smith and MaryAlice Little Smith. She married Lee W. Berry Jr. After living outof state for several years, they settled in Wesson in 1962 whereshe lived until her death. They operated a grocery store for manyyears.

She also worked for 20 years with Wesson schools, serving in thestudy hall and later as assistant librarian. She was a member ofWesson Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities over theyears, including as teacher for the Gleaners Sunday school class, agroup dear to her heart, and as a member of Happy Harvesters.

Mrs. Berry was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliaryand the Fifty Plus Club. She was entirely devoted to her family andwas particularly proud of her grandchildren. It was her greatestpleasure to spend time with them. She attended every ball game,program, ceremony and special event of each.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, Lee W.Berry Jr.

Survivors are her son, Lee W. Berry III and wife, Debby, ofHuntsville, Ala., and their children, Lee W. Berry IV, ofWashington, D.C., Elise Berry Sauber and husband, Matt, of BowlingGreen, Ky., and Elaine Berry, of Huntsville; her daughter, KathyDugas and husband, Louis, of Flowood, and their children, MattDugas, of Wesson, Allison Dugas Pates and husband, Andrew, ofBrandon, and Caleb Dugas, of Flowood; her daughter, Elise BerryMunn and husband, Terry, and their children, Quentin Munn and MaryBeth Munn, all of Wesson; her brothers, Barney Smith, of Columbia,and John Mack Smith, of Georgetown; and her sisters, Nell Smith, ofJackson, Elise Smith, of Byram, Ann Crosby, of Sontag, AudreyCupit, of Meadville, and Margaret Lee, of Magee.

The family would like to thank Hospice Ministries, particularlySherry Neal, R.N., for the wonderful care provided to Mrs. Berry.They would also like to thank Dr. Gerry Ann Houston and JacksonOncology for nine years of excellent medical treatment.

Memorials may be made to the Lee Will and Mary Loyce BerryScholarship at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.