Musette Berry

Berry, Musette

Musette Samples Berry, 102, formerly of Sutton, West Virginia, and more recently of South Charleston, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at Genesis Healthcare's Dunbar Center. She would have observed her 103rd birthday in three more months.

She was predeceased by her husband, James R. "Jimmie" Berry. Survivors include son, James Richard "Dick" Berry of Columbus OH; daughters, Nancy (Jim) Byrne of South Charleston; Carole Berry of Saint Albans; Pam Berry of Dunbar; Janet (Jim) Garrett of Manitowoc WI. She also had ten grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Musette was a graduate of Gassaway High School, and attended Glenville State College. She spent most of her adult life in Sutton, where her late husband had a career as a public accountant. Both were heavily involved in local church, civic, fraternal, and government activities. Musette's most important job was being a mother to five active children, but she also worked with her husband in his business in later years.

Musette enjoyed music all her life, and sang in the church choir for many years. For several years, she was director of the junior choir at Christ Church United Methodist, Sutton. She was active with her children's activities, including helping with Girl Scouts and school projects.

In retirement, Musette and Jimmie enjoyed traveling and visiting children, grandchildren, and other relatives throughout the United States. She will be well remembered by her family as a wonderful cook and homemaker who kept a home filled with laughter and love.

A memorial service will be conducted Monday, February 25, at 3 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist in Sutton, with Pastor Douglas W. Smailes officiating. Cremains will be interred at Sutton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, West Virginia 25387-2536.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, WV is assisting the Berry Family. You may express on-line condolences at

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Feb. 21, 2013