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Martha P. Berry

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BENNINGTON -- Martha Pratt Berry, 83, a resident of Monument Avenue, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday morning Nov. 10, 2004.

Mrs. Berry was born in Bennington on Sept. 13, 1921, she was the youngest of eight children born to Edgar Dennis Pratt and Sarah Jane (Rock) Pratt. Growing up in Bennington she attended the former Cora B. Whitney School and was a graduate of Bennington High School, Class of 1940. She continued her education at St. Luke’s Nursing School in Pittsfield, Mass. where she graduated as a registered nurse.

She was married to Walter Hull Berry Jr. on Feb. 8, 1947. Mr. Berry died Dec. 15, 1982. She and her husband operated the Walloomsac Inn in Old Bennington from 1948 until 1987. Mrs. Berry had worked as a maternity nurse at the former Putnam Memorial Hospital, now Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She had also done private duty nursing and had worked at the former Schaaf’s Nursing Home in Bennington.

Mrs. Berry was a longtime active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a member of the Bennington Chapter - Daughters of the American Revolution, registrar of Vermont Colonial Dames, Green Mountains Colony of New England Women, trustee of Bennington Centre Cemetery Association and she had been a Girl Scout leader for 10 years.

She was well known for her baking, especially pies, cookies and apple dumplings. She enjoyed supporting projects for the church such as fairs and teas with her baking which quite often included homemade breads or baked beans. She enjoyed going out for a ride. She will be remembered as a loving mother who liked the company of her family and friends and was particularly proud of her three grandchildren.

She leaves her three daughters, Donna Berry Maroney of Old Bennington, Arlene Elizabeth Berry of Old Bennington, Kathleen Sharron Kaiser and her husband Arthur of Bennington; her grandchildren, William Berry Kaiser of Mountain View, Calif., Sharron Marie Kaiser of Bennington and Laura Ann Kaiser of Bennington; sisters-in-law, Ethel Pratt of Bennington, Bertha Pratt of Sunapee, N.H., Elizabeth Berry Horner of N.H. and Marjorie Lampron of Bennington; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, William Maroney, who died July 22, 2003; brothers, Wilford, Kenneth, Lawrence and Raymond Pratt; sisters, Mildred Ross, Laura Phillips and Helen Bailey.

The burial office and committal will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Canon Robert Miner, interim pastor, officiating. A time of fellowship will follow in the church hall.

Burial with committal rites will take place in the Berry family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery following the fellowship. There are no calling hours.

Should friends desire, memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Berry may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.

To send condolences to the family of Martha Pratt Berry, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 11, 2004
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