BERRY, Lucille Marie
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On April 28, 2014 Lucille Berry (nee: McConnell) of Edmonton, died peacefully at the age of 93, with her daughter by her side.
Lucille is survived by her son John (Trudy) and daughter Jo Anne Mahood (Jim); five grandchildren, Shaun (Kristi), David (Kathleen), Eric (Jaime), Kaylen and Justine; sister-in-law Jean McConnell; cousins, nephews, and nieces.
She is predeceased by her husband Doug; daughter Susan; infant daughter Nancy; brother Fred; and sister Shirley.
Lucille Marie McConnell was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 24, 1920 to Dr. Lorne and Alma McConnell. Growing up in Saskatoon, Lucille studied voice, piano and dance. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree majoring in voice at the University of Saskatchewan where she was a lead performer in varsity musical productions. She then studied physical education at McGill University in Montreal. After teaching phys ed at a private school in Toronto, Lucille became Director of Women's Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan. She married Rev. Douglas L. Berry in 1947. While raising three children, they served a number of United Church congregations in Saskatchewan and Alberta, settling in Sherwood Park in the mid-60s. Lucille was a very involved minister's wife, and also earned her public school teaching certificate in 1959, making her mark as an elementary school teacher specializing in music until retiring at age 65. Lucille and Doug had a long and active retirement, spending 16 winters in Arizona and traveling widely on four continents. During those years, Lucille proudly created many paintings, needlepoint and other works of art. Throughout her life and well into her 80s, Lucille was an accomplished vocal soloist. She enjoyed many friends and activities at Grace United Church and Fulton Court in her later years. Special thanks to the Ladies of Grace and friends from the Red Hat Society for all their kindness to Lucille.
We express our heartfelt thanks to Lucille's caregiver Lota (2010-12) and more recently, the caring staff at Canterbury Court and Misericordia Hospital.
A Celebration of Lucille's Life will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace United Church, 6215 - 104 Avenue, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace United Church, 6215 - 104 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T6A 0X9 or the Bissell Centre, 10527 - 96 Street, Edmonton, AB, T5H 2H6.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Apr. 30, 2014