Alice Antonette Berry
Alice Antonette Berry
Memorial services for Alice Antonette Berry, 89, will be Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 A.M. at the Congregational Church of Lusk with Pastor Howard Roseberry officiating. Graveside services will be Oct. 21 at 2:30 P.M. at Valley View Cemetery in Torrington. A coffee will follow in the church parlor at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington. Alice died Oct. 13, 2006 at the Niobrara Health and Life Center in Lusk. Cremation has already taken place.
She was born Nov. 10, 1916 in Worden, Mont., the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, Anton and Anne (Fladsett) Opdal. Following her father's death when she was five years old, she moved with her mother and sister to Greeley, Colo. She graduated from Greeley High School and received her teaching degree from Colorado State College of Education in Greeley. She taught in Sugar City, Colo. before moving to Torrington where she taught the first special education program. On May 23, 1941, she married Walter W. Berry in Greeley, Colo. Following his discharge from the United States Army, they lived on a ranch near Jackson, before moving to their own ranch 25 miles north of Torrington in 1949. In later years she taught at the Torrington Elementary School and the Prairie Center School, and was a Vocational Rehabilitation Aid for the State of Wyoming for seven years. She entered the Goshen Care Center in November 2004. In May 2005 she became the first resident of the newly opened Niobrara Health and Life Center in Lusk. She was a favorite of all her caretakers because of her smile and kind nature.
Alice was a member of the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church of Torrington, the Church at Jay Em, Eastern Wyoming Retired Teachers Association, the Burge-Prairie Center Community Club, Presbyterian Women's Association, P.E.O., and was a charter member of the Goshen County Cowbelles (now Cattlewomen). She served as a volunteer for 25 years at the Goshen Care Center. She was an avid reader but her greatest interest was people.
She is survived by her daughters, Anne Yates Leimser (Dave) and Elaine Griffith (Terry) of Lusk; her son, Charles "Bumper" Berry (Kayle) of Torrington; six grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 2002, and sister Olga Bentley.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Goshen Library Foundation, Niobrara Hospital Foundation, or a church or charity of the donor's choice.
Services are under the direction of Cicmanec-Pier Funeral Home.