Susan Gail Berry was born in Longview, Texas on April 28, 1954 and she passed from this earth on Friday, January 8, 2021 with her daughter and son-in- law by her side. Susan was the only child of Fred and Jean Beaty. Susan was a life-long resident of Longview, Texas and a 1972 graduate of Pine Tree High School. Susan spent most of her adult life in the "school-business" working for Pine Tree ISD and Sabine ISD, where she made many life-long friends that she considered family and countless memories with her co-workers and students that she met during her years at school.
Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Jean Beaty, and her husband of 32 years, Richard Berry. She is survived by her children, John Berry of Houston, Texas. Ben and Amy (Berry) Bratteli of San Antonio, and the two most precious "GRANDS" in the world, Davis and Emily Bratteli of San Antonio, a brother and sister - in - law Mark and Karen Berry, niece and husband, Annie (Berry) and Gary Burnfield. Nephew and wife, Beau and Abigayle Berry, special grand nieces and nephews Brooklynn and Austin Berry, Robbie and Emory Burnfield. A special friend, Don Page of Longview. An uncle Henry White of California, a special sister Amanda Jane Demunbrun and her family, David, Marshall, and Kimberly, and numerous cousins who she loved dearly.
Susan had a zest for life and loved to live it to the fullest. Never meeting a stranger, she enjoyed people and welcoming others into her home. She never missed an opportunity to host a party or plan an event that would require many to gather to create memories. Her greatest accomplishment in her earthly life was becoming a grandmother. She would say she waited "56 years to become a grandmother and it was worth the wait," She never missed a chance to be with them and once she and the "grands" were together, nobody else existed.
When she wasn't making memories with her grandchildren, Susan worked at the Longview Public Library. This was a job she always said she was BLESSED to have. She loved her "library job" and the people that worked there. It was a bright spot for her and considered everyone there a close family friend.
She also had a special place in her heart for Greggton First Baptist Church. This was the church she grew up in, was married in, and continued to serve throughout her life. She was a member of several committees and loved every single one of them. She always had a smile on her face when it was time to go to church and she would always say, "I just love my little church."
A graveside memorial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 18, 2021 in Gilmer, Texas at the Gilmer City Cemetery, with Bro. James Pierce officiating and Tim Konvalin providing music. She will be laid to rest next to her Beloved Bebe, her aunt that she spent countless summers with and created many cherished memories. A Celebration of Life ceremony at her church, Greggton First Baptist will be held at a later date so that friends and family can gather safely to celebrate Susan's life and legacy.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made In Memory of Susan Berry to Greggton First Baptist Church, 4520 W. Marshall Ave, Longview, Texas 75604.
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