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August 22, 2013

Woman of the Century

Berry second Lakewell House resident to pass century

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“We had a fancy tent,” she said. “It had a floor, rails and a canvas top. It was two rooms: we had a kitchen and a living room. I remember that very well.”

Berry’s husband worked at the plant for 33 years before he retired and became a commissioner for Palo Pinto County for the next 16 years.

In the 1940’s, both of Berry’s brothers enlisted in the Navy and fought in the World War II. One was at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack in 1941. He survived, but spent nine months in a hospital in Hawaii. Both brothers returned from the war safely, but Berry said it was nerve-wracking, especially when they heard the news of Pearl Harbor and did not yet know her brother’s fate.

“Oh, we worried about it,” she said. “We thought he was gonna get it, but he didn’t. Thank the Lord for that.”

Throughout the remainder of the 1900’s and into the new millennium, Berry continued to live her life with a smile on her face and her nose to the grindstone. Boone said she is very thankful for her mother on her centennial.

“It’s wonderful. I’m 78-years-old and I’ve had her 78 years. I come in and visit with her and we talk about old times. Some days she gets things pretty straight and other days she gets mixed up. We just go on anyway. I’m just glad to have her all these years.”

In Berry’s words, sometimes she does forget things, but after all, she’s 100 years old, so she has a pretty good excuse. Regardless, her jovial nature remains.

“I am happy. I’ve been happy a good long while,” she said. When asked if perhaps that was why she has lived so long, she replied, “Well, it could be. It could have something to do with it.”

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