On February 1, 2020 Bernice Marie Berry; loving wife, mother, sister and friend passed away at the age of 82.
Bernice Marie Berry was born on February 8, 1937 in Tylertown Mississippi to B.S. Jones and Evelyne Holmes-Dillon. On October 1, 1955 Bernice married the love of her life O.D. Berry in Hammond, Louisiana. The couple then moved to Seattle, Washington to start a family where they raised two sons Jeffery C. Berry, Melvin L. Berry and two daughters Lavette Renee Noonan-Scribner and Sharlesia Berry-Seck.
Bernice had a love for God and joined First African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1980 where she remained a faithful servant to God, later becoming a recognized Mother of the Church. Bernice made the impossible possible to many generations and had a heart of pure gold. During working years, Bernice worked for Swedish Medical Center in Housekeeping for over 30 years up to retirement. Bernice spent her entire life devoted to serving and helping others. She was very passionate about family and she loved to cook! You could easily find her at home on the phone laughing and cooking! Her laughter alone would make any person smile. And if you just happened to grace the Berry home, she was known to fill your belly right up and give sound words of advice. Bernice Marie was a true Queen! A leader and very wise woman. Her counsel was admired, and respected. We love you Queen and you will be missed.
Bernice is joined in death with her beloved Husband O.D. Berry; Father B.S. Jones; Stepfather Charlie Mack Dillon, Mother Evelyne Holmes-Dillon; Sister Charlene Dillon; and Brother Ray Dillon.
She is survived by her four children Jeffery C. Berry (Gennaive GrantBerry) of Auburn, WA; Melvin L. Berry of Seattle, WA; Lavette Renee-Scribner (Allen Scribner) of Kent, WA; and Sharlesia BerrySeck ( Mamadou Seck)of Seattle, WA. Bernice also leaves behind four sisters; Maxine Holmes of Park Forest, IL; Jerline Dillon of Seattle, WA; Betty Jean (Ernie) Dangerfield of Las Vegas, NV; Mary Anderson of Seattle, WA and two brothers, Cleveland (Gloria) Dillon of Covington, WA; John Dillon of Seattle, WA; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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