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Jennifer Dayle Berry September 14, 1968 ~ June 28, 2013 Jennifer Dayle Berry, 44, passed away after a courageous and hard fought twenty-month battle against a rare form of cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, on Friday, June 28, 2013 at her home in Novato, California surrounded by her loving family and friends. Jennifer was born September 14, 1968 in Bellevue, Washington to Sue and Gordon Traub. Jen moved to Petaluma when she was nine months old with her parents. She later moved to Marin with her mother, Sue, who devoted her life to raising and supporting Jennifer. Living in Novato, Jen graduated from San Marin High and then attended the University of New Haven in Connecticut. While attending college, she met David Berry and they began one of those special romances and were married in 1996 at the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco. After living in San Francisco for several years, they moved to Marin to start a family and were blessed with the birth of their twins, Jackson William and Kendall Jane, in 2005. Jennifer was an accomplished professional, having worked at Novell and Birkenstock, but she was particularly proud of for her last position at Williams-Sonoma. She was an admired member of the Williams-Sonoma team where she was the Manager of Strategic Planning for the past six years. Jen's integrity, high standards and sincere compassion for the people on her team motivated everyone around her to be better. Jen always went above and beyond to make sure the people on her team were successful. Among Jen's numerous awards and recognitions, Jen would say she most cherished receiving Williams-Sonoma's prestigious People First award in 2011, which recognized her ability to elevate and inspire the people around her, because it was awarded by her peers. Jen not only excelled in her career, but she was an extraordinary wife and mother and an amazing friend to many. Taking part in her children's school activities at Pleasant Valley Elementary in Novato, active in her children's baseball, softball, basketball and soccer leagues, her warm smile and luminous grace inspired and bolstered her many friends. Her friends loved her for selflessness, deep concern for their wellbeing, and her ability to always lift their spirits. Jen's family would like to acknowledge and thank her many, many friends for their tremendous and unyielding support of her. We know this support was mutual--built up and reinforced over time--but the extraordinary efforts for Jen in these last months fills her family with the deepest and most profound gratitude. Preceded in death by her mother, Sue Rocca, Jennifer is survived by her husband, David, children, Jack and Kendall, father, Gordon Traub (Randi), stepbrother, Keith Hard (Jennifer), mother-in-law, Marcy Berry, brother-in-law, Bill Berry (Jeff Sheehy) and niece, Michelle Berry, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins from both the east and west coasts. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Jackson and Kendall's college saving funds are suggested. A memorial in Jen's honor will be held on August 10th at StoneTree Golf Club in Novato. For details, please email billberry@zephyrsf.com or noraville1@aol.com.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on July 14, 2013
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