Norma Louise Culp Berry, 98, of 550 E. Whitman Drive, College Place, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2010.
The memorial service will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Walla Walla, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. The Rev. Birch Rambo and The Rev. Steven E. Woolley will officiate.
Burial will be at Cloverdale Cemetery in Boise, Idaho, with a graveside service there at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19. The Rev. Timothy Pauls of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Boise will officiate. Friends are invited. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Aid Center or a charity of your choice. Mrs. Berry was born Jan. 20, 1912, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Raymond Henry Culp and Ada Beatrice Brittain Culp. Raised in Wilkes-Barre, she attended grade school at Palmer School, when it was a brand new building. She started high school at GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), also a brand new building that year. Later she graduated from Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa. Her first jobs were working for the Anti Saloon League and the YMCA in Wilkes-Barre. She worked for JT Evans Heating and Plumbing as secretary to the president in its Kingston office and its office in the Empire State Building in New York. She also worked in Wilkes-Barre as secretary for a jeweler and as a correspondent for Sears in the credit department during the Great Depression.
She married Edmund Berry on Nov. 21, 1941. They moved west in 1943, and they raised three children. They lived in Nevada, Utah and Idaho. She lived in Boise for over 40 years. Mrs. Berry had a lifelong love of music. She began piano accompanying in sixth grade and throughout high school she played at numerous community functions .
In Pennsylvania she served as church organist at Diamond Methodist Church in Hazelton. She and her husband continued to work together in the ministry of church music throughout the years. He served as choir director and taught voice privately. She retired from church organist positions at the age of 85. She taught private piano and organ lessons for 57 years and enjoyed close relationships with her students. During her most prolific years, she taught as many as 75 students a year. She continued to play piano at retirement and nursing homes, including at Walla Walla's Park Plaza, where she lived happily for seven years. In June of 2008, she moved to Eagle Meadows, where she also lived a very happy life. In Boise, she was a member of the United First Methodist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies for almost 30 years. In 2001, she was confirmed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walla Walla. A devout Christian, Mrs. Berry counted her relationship with Christ of most importance in her life. She loved reading her Bible and taking religion classes. She also enjoyed working on craft projects, playing table games and being around loving family. Mrs. Berry moved from Boise in 2001 to be near a daughter and son-in-law.
She is survived by her three children, Edmund William Berry and his wife Melissa of Lapwai, Idaho; Judith Anne Goranson and her husband Robert of Walla Walla, and Patricia Helen Ludwig and her husband, The Rev. Alan of Novosobirsk, Russia; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elva Dewey of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund, in 1994; her parents, and a sister, Lillian Cole.