Margie Elaine “Nanny” Berry died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. She was 92.
Mrs. Berry was born Dec. 8, 1919, to Samuel Laffayette Reynolds and Cynthia Ann Smith in Roanoke, Texas. After attending one year of school in Roanoke, she attended elementary, junior high and high school at Robert E. Lee School in Denton, Texas.
She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later a master’s degree in special education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
In 1945, Mrs. Berry married W. Elton Berry in Denton. The couple met while working at the same school in Texas.
Mrs. Berry spent 30 years as a second-grade teacher at Jefferson Davis Elementary in Denton and taught a total of 34 years before retiring in 1975. Her great-granddaughter Andrea Berghoff followed in her footsteps and currently is a teacher at Park Elementary School in Durango.
In August 2011, Mrs. Berry and her daughter Anita Berry moved from Denton to Durango to be close to family in Pagosa Springs and live next to Mrs. Berry’s great-granddaughter Andrea and her family.
Mrs. Berry was a loving, wonderful, inspiring woman who had an enormous amount of wisdom, knowledge and life experience to share, her family said. Everybody called her Nanny, they said. She enjoyed being part of a large extended family and being part of the action.
“Margie ‘Nanny’ lived a long, loving and eventful life,” her family said. “She lived for the happiness of all – her husband, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.”
Mrs. Berry was preceded in death by her husband, W. Elton Berry, in 1986.
She is survived by her daughters Anita Louise Berry of Durango and Virginia Condit of Mercy, Texas; son, William Elton Berry, of Waco, Texas; sisters Nell Morrow and Georgie Sweatman of Denton; and six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A private service was held. Mrs. Denton will be laid to rest next to her husband in Denton.