Minnie Berry, 1919 ~ 2011

Minnie Berry passed away at her home in Whittier, Calif., surrounded by family members, April 20, 2011, at the age of 92. She was born Jan. 27, 1919, in Hanksville, Utah. Her mother’s name was Carmelia Melinda Hunt Brown and her father’s name was Henri “Pat” Brown. Minnie’s father was from Austria.

She married Wesley Lee Berry on May 6, 1939 in Green River, Utah. Minnie and Wesley lived in DeBeque for 12 years before moving to Sunnyside, Utah, then to Grand Junction, where he worked for the D&RGW.

Their sons were raised in DeBeque. They had two sons, Henrilee (Nita) Berry of Whittier, Calif., and Jerry Dale (Cherrie) Berry of DeBeque, Colo.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Ralph Brown, of Tulsa, Okla.

She was preceded in death by Wesley Berry and Ernest Valencia, her companion while living in Whittier. She resided in Whittier for 20 years.

She loved being a homemaker and loved her flowers. She also loved playing the drums and was well known around the Grand Valley.

Minnie was buried along with companion Ernest Valencia at Memorial Gardens in Grand Junction, Colo. on June 18. She was a member of the LDS church.