Jeanne MacLeod Berry, 84, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at home. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Anglican Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, 1234 Morris Lane, Arlington. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to NOCC, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, www.ovarian.org
, 2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 435, Dallas, Texas 75219. Jeanne was born in Lansing, Mich., on Aug. 23, 1929, to Leona DeYoung MacLeod and Donald Hartley MacLeod. She lived all of her childhood in East Lansing, where her mother was a professor of home economics at Michigan State University
. She graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., with her degree in home economics. She joined Alpha Phi Sorority and remained active throughout her life. Jeanne married George William Berry in 1954 and moved to San Antonio. She also resided in Houston and Arlington, where she retired from teaching at Dunn Elementary School in 1995. Jeanne had many interests and talents. She was an expert seamstress and loved to sew clothes for herself, her children and grandchildren. She also loved all forms of handwork, including knitting and needlepoint, and even owned a needlepoint shop in Arlington called the Needlery, Etc., in the 1970s. Later in life, her favorite pastime became quilting. She finished too many quilts to count, but also loved the friends she made through this love of quilting. She also had a passion for travel and gardening. During her retirement, Jeanne found time to be involved in many groups. She loved volunteering at Arlington Memorial Hospital, where she served on the auxiliary, volunteering at St. Peter & St. Paul Church Altar Guild and several groups of the Arlington Women's Club, where she also served on the board of directors. She loved to attend plays at Theatre Arlington, concerts at the Dallas Symphony, Symphony Arlington and Van Cliburn competitions. But what Jeanne may be most remembered for was her love of life and uplifting spirit. Jeanne felt lucky to have an extraordinary number of friends, each one holding a special place in her heart. She had the wonderful quality of making everyone feel like they were her best friend and loved to hear about what was happening in all of their lives. Her family would like to thank so many friends for all their thoughts, prayers and offers to help: Dr. Kenneth Hancock and his staff at Texas Oncology, Fort Worth, for 14 years of wonderful care that allowed her to see and do so much in the last years of her life; Dr. Fred Bishop and nurse Kim for their attentive and personal care; and Covenant Hospice of Fort Worth for their compassionate care and guidance throughout these last difficult weeks. Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, George W. Berry. Survivors: Her loving children, daughters, Kathy Berry (John Arensmeyer) of Tiburon, Calif., and Suzanne Berry McCabe of Arlington, and son, Pat Berry of Arlington; and grandchildren, Erin McCabe, Allison McCabe and Will Arensmeyer.