Obituary for Mary Patricia Berry, 81, of Atlanta

Mary Patricia Berry passed from this life and into the arms of Jesus Thursday, August 4, 2022, surrounded by her precious daughters. Mary was born November 12, 1940 to Joseph and Mary Agnes Hughes in Houston, TX. Also known as Pat, Patsy, Mama, and Nana.

Mary was a friend to everyone she met. She was generous and kind and took great joy in giving to others. If someone needed to be loved, Mary loved them. If a kid needed a grandma, she was their nana. She loved to fish, drink Dr. Pepper and was the queen of QVC shopping. Celebrating holidays and birthdays (except her own) were top priority. She had a way of making everyone feel special. Mary took pride in providing for her family. She, along with friend Mildred, helped to break the glass ceiling at International Paper for women. She was a hard worker and made many life-long friendships from her days at the mill. In the early 1990’s Mary and Marvin discovered the paradise of Lake Fork. This became their home away from home and a second family.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mary Hughes, brothers Joseph Hughes and Michael Hughes, and beloved family members Monroe and Mary Bass.

Mary is survived by her husband of 63 years, Marvin Gene Berry, sisters Judy Harper of San Marcos, TX and Joan Laird of Houston, TX, daughter Debbie Loven and husband Marshall of Red Hill, TX, daughter Cathy Berry Akritas of State College, PA, and son Marvin Berry II, of Queen City, TX. Grandchildren Marsha Hocutt and husband Mickey of Genoa, AR, Jessica Niebeling of Fort Smith, AR, Melissa Kimble and husband Tommy of Queen City, TX, Michelle Batt and husband Joe of Lancaster, PA, George Akritas and wife Caitlin of Harleysville, PA, Sophia Akritas of State College, PA and Brandon Berry, currently stationed at the Royal Airforce Base in Mildenhall, England. Great grandchildren Hannah Crow and husband Seth, Shelby Jackson and husband David, Coby Hocutt, Cassie Thornell and husband Preston, Richard Gentry and wife Katie, Zachery Gentry, Graci Dalrymple, Halle Worthington, Caleb Kimble and Cooper Kimble, two great-great grandchildren Lane Jackson and Bowen Crow, and many other loved-ones.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday August 8, 2022 in the Hanner Funeral Service Chapel with David Hazelwood and Melissa Kimble officiating.

Visitation will be 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Hanner Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Backpack Ministry at
First Baptist Church Queen City, 210 Houston St, Queen City, TX 75572.

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