Marcia L. Berry, 85, formerly of Heilman Street, Tiffin, and more recently from Inverness, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Autumnwood Care Center, where she had been a resident since March 2007.
She was born in Lakewood, to Roy Whitaker Whitney and Laveda Mae Woods. She married Ray E. Berry Nov. 7, 1946, in Dayton.
Surviving are her two children, a daughter, Melinda S. (Rodney) Young of Tiffin, and a son, Richard W. (Linda) Berry of Waterville; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gloria J. Schum of Fairborn.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Ray Berry, and her parents.
While her early years were spent in Lakewood, her family later moved to Chicago, where Marcia went through her teen years and graduated from high school. The family relocated again and moved to Dayton. Marcia worked for Elders in Dayton and later met her future husband, Ray Berry. They moved to Tiffin and raised their children.
Marcia enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and got involved with Brownies, Cub Scouts and many school activities. She later got a job in the Columbian cafeteria and then eventually took a position with Sears Roebuck & Co. After retiring from Sears, Marcia and Ray moved to Port Clinton for more fun and retirement, before deciding to do a big finale to Inverness, Fla., in 1990. They enjoyed 17 wonderful years down there among friends they met while swimming, biking, playing golf and taking long walks.
Marcia will be remembered most for being a fun-loving, joyful person to be around. She loved people and had a terrific sense of humor. She loved laughing and making people around her happy. She adored her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had happy tears when seeing and holding the little ones.
Even with her diagnosis of Alzheimer's, she vowed she would leave this world smiling and happy, and she did this with as much grace, dignity and humor that she could possibly gather in her final days. Her mother and father would have been so proud of her, and we will all miss her so very much.
Her final wishes were for cremation and she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Ray, in North Grove Cemetery, Celina. A memorial celebration will be planned at a later date. Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, Tiffin, is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to Autumnwood Care Center, Alzheimer's Association or to the Humane Society of Seneca County.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.