Nancy R. Berry, 78, of Mishawaka, passed away on March 28th after many years with dementia. She was born on September 5, 1942, in Wyandotte, Michigan, to Hugh Reid and Vera (Faux) Reid, who preceded her in death along with her grandmother, Louise Walsh.
On January 25, 1963, she married the love of her life, Tom Berry, after meeting him at an Indiana State University street dance where they were both pursuing education majors. Nancy taught English at Mary Phillips and later earned a second master’s degree in counseling. She finished her career in education as a school counselor at Argos Elementary. She taught many students not only English but also how loved and valuable they were. She made her classroom her mission field, a place where students could find the safety, love, stability, and self-esteem that often escaped her in her own youth.
Nancy loved flowers, interior decorating, making crafts, and her family. Her home was a showplace inside and outside during the summer. She wrote poetry and loved words, hated lying and had a supernatural detector for it, loved Jesus and taught many classes at her church homes, especially First Christian Mishawaka and Trinity Evangelical Free Church in South Bend. She loved to laugh.
Nancy leaves behind her two children, Chad (Lisa) Berry of Richmond, Kentucky and Jen (Tim) Heiter of Bremen, Indiana; her six grandchildren, Madelaine (David) Taylor, Nathaniel Berry, Lucy Heiter, Annabelle Heiter, Bracy Heiter, and Lincoln Heiter; one great-granddaughter this summer; and her two half-brothers, Dale Morgan and Charles Morgan.
Friends may call from 12 pm-3 pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. The funeral service will follow at 3 pm. Due to current public health and safety standards for COVID-19, social distancing will be enforced and masks required.
Memorial contributions can be made to Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.
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