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PEORIA – Mildred M. Berry (Mil), age 92, died at Proctor Place Shepherds Way, in Peoria on May 12, 2018.
Mildred was born Mildred Marie Kirkpatrick on April 7, 1926 to Hugh Kirkpatrick and Hattie A. Raab Kirkpatrick of Bloomington, Illinois. She graduated from Bloomington High School and Illinois State University.
Mildred taught Home Economics at Hamilton High School and Washington Community High School prior to marrying Corwin J Berry on June 13, 1953. He preceded her in death. She is survived by one sister Eula May Patzer of Fairhope, AL, four children Jim (Gloria) Berry (three grandchildren) of Peoria, Jack (Jill) Berry of St Charles, IL (four grandchildren and three great grandchildren), Sue (Mike) Luciani of Pensacola Beach, FL (two grandchildren and two great grandchildren), and Rick (Cheryl) Berry (two grandchildren) of Glasford.
Mildred loved spending time with her family. She particularly loved to travel to Alabama, Florida, and Missouri in order to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Her favorite time of year was the holidays, when she welcomed the whole family into her home for a meal (which she always planned and cooked). Additionally, Mildred was a lifelong learner, avid reader, and crafter.
Mildred taught Home Economics, at various other times, through her career for the State of Illinois, Bradley University, and Bergan High School. She also worked for the Scotti Bureau, served as a Peoria Election Judge, and volunteered at the Wildlife Prairie Park Gift Shop.
Mildred was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Peoria where she was a Deacon, active in Women’s Association, several Women’s Circles, the Bereavement Committee, and the Church Quilters. Additionally, Mildred was active in P.E.O. chapter BX of Peoria.
A funeral service will be held at Peoria United Presbyterian Church 2400 W. Northmoor Rd in Peoria, on Friday, May 18, 2018. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Washington. In lieu of flowers, Mildred wished for contributions to be made to United Presbyterian Church of Peoria. Arrangements by Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington and to share memories and condolences, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.