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Elizabeth Parker (Simonton) Berry

A thrill of sympathy ran through many hearts in this community last Sunday morning, as it was announced that Mrs. F. M. Berry had ceased to live a few hours before. Since July 1860, Mrs. Berry had been a victim of that most painful and dreaded disease, rheumatism, so that for 38 years she had been an intense and almost constant sufferer. During their years of residence here Mrs. Berry had been helpless, but her bright, brave, helpful spirit had drawn many friends about her and the lessons there learned cannot be soon forgotten. Mrs. Berry had a brilliant mind which disease did not touch, and a strength of character which is seldom equaled. She was never heard to complain but all her suffering was borne in a Christian spirit of patience and resignation, so that in her affliction was fulfilled the scripture. My grace is sufficient for thee. Through all of these years the devoted and unselfish husband who is left to mourn her death has been her constant attendant, caring for her as if she was a child. All this was done with no though save that of love but Mr. Berry has won for himself an enviable place in the esteem of his fellow townsmen. The funeral which was held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

Lizzie Parker Simonton was born July the 19, 1830 in Portland ME. She gave herself wholly to the Lord, was baptized in his name in 1848 and joined the Adventist people, the people of her choice. She was married to Mr. Frank M. Berry at Lawrence, Mass., June 3, 1852. She with her husband came to Vinton in July 1883. She united with the Baptist church with her husband in July of last year.

{Submitter comment: Elizabeth Parker (Simonton) Berry was the daughter of Benjamin and Anne (Buck)Simonton who died in Atlantic/Wiota Cass County Iowa in 1883. She is the granddaugher of Thomas and Mary (Alden) Simonton of Portland Maine.}
Submitted on March 3, 2000 by Jim Pearson

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unidentified newspaper clipping; 1947

Nellie Louisa (nee Waddle) Berry

CENTER POINT -- Mrs. Nellie Louisa Berry, 65, widow of James Berry, died at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night. She was married Sept. 25, 1890, to James Berry, who died Jan., 3, 1940. She lived her entire life in the Center Point, Urbana and Walker community. Four children survive Mrs. Berry. They are Mrs. Inez Haines of Brandon, Mrs. Oro McQuitty and Leland Berry of Walker, and Mrs. Maxine Chamberlain of Center Point. She also leaves a brother, Charles Waddle of Vinton; a sister, Mrs. Matilda Derby of Center Point, and nine grandchildren. Funeral services well be held in the Christian church at Center Point, of which she was a member, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. M. D. Swisher will be in charge with burial at Urbana.
Submitted on Oct 21, 2006 by Volunteer

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Vinton Eagle; July 28, 1911
OLD PIONEER PASSED AWAY LAST MONDAY
Robert Berry

Robert Berry, one of the old pioneers of Benton county passed away at his home in Urbana last Monday and the funeral wsa held at the Methodist church of that place Wednesday. Mr. Berry was one of the early pioneers of Polk township and has resided there ever since coming west.

He is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. Alex. Fetherkile; Mrs. John Fetherkile; Mrs. Fred W. Burrell and James Berry.

Submitted on Jun 21, 2007 by Volunteer

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Cedar Valley Times; October 10, 1931
MRS. S. BERRY POLK'S OLDEST RESIDENT, DIES
BENTON COUNTY NEWS
Special to Daily Times
Sarah Berry

Urbana, Oct. 10 - Mrs. Sarah Berry, 95 years old, regarded as Polk township's oldest resident, died at 12:30 last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Burrell of Urbana, where she had been in failing health for some time and was bedfast several months. For 79 years she had been a resident of Benton county in this community.

Sarah Kegley Berry was born in Johnson county, Indiana, in Dec., 1835, a daughter of Christopher and Charlotte Kegley, and came to Iowa in 1852. She was married in 1865 to P. B. Culver. Following his death she was married in 1875 to Robert Berry, who preceded her in death many years ago.

There are three children living: Mrs. Ida Burrell and Elihu Culver of Urbana, and Howard Culver of Pennsylvania. A stepson and two step- daughters are Jim Berry of Walker and Mrs. John and Mrs. Alec Fetherkile of Urbana.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the Urbana Methodist church. Burial will be in the Kisling cemetery.

Submitted on Jun 21, 2007 by Volunteer

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Cedar Valley Times; 1930
EARLY SETTLER BENTON COUNTY DIES AT VINTON
VINTON NEWS
Sarah L. Berry

Mrs. Joseph Berry, 89 years old, who came to Benton county more than 75 years ago from Indiana, died last evening at her home in Vinton following as illness of several years from the infirmities of old age. For thirty years Mrs. Berry had resided in Vinton.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Church of Christ, with the Rev. W. W. Williams in charge. Interment will be in the Kisling cemetery in Polk township.

Sarah L. Pitts was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, Oct. 11, 1840. When a child of about thirteen years she came to Benton county with her parents. Her marriage to Joseph Berry occurred March 10, 1864. Eight children were born to this union, two preceding the mother in death.

Surviving are the husband and following children: Mrs. E. D. Smetzer, Mrs. W. W. Barkdoll, Joshua Berry and Fred Berry, Vinton; Frank Berry of Iowa City, and Mrs. Anna Fenicle of Cedar Rapids. The family includes seventeen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

There are three brothers and a sister living, namely: W. H. Pitts of Vinton, George Pitts of Urbana, Emory Pitts of Kansas, and Mrs. L. K. Brody of Shellsburg. Mrs. Berry had been a member of the Christian church the last sixty years.

{Submitter comment: Headstone has 1841 as birth year, but obituary states 1840.}

Submitted on Jun 21, 2007 by Volunteer

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