July 28, 1912 — May 30, 2014
Bertha Marie Berry, Walla Walla, passed away May 30, 2014, at her home at the age of 101 years. Private inurnment will be at the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Memorial services will be Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater, with Pastor Terry Hackney officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Presbyterian Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born on July 28, 1912, in Berkeley, Calif., to John and Amelia Niedt. She was raised in Dublin, Calif., on her family’s farm where they raised chickens and sold eggs. They also had 7 acres of prunes. Bertha attended Murray School in Dublin and Amador High in Pleasanton, Calif.
Bertha was married to Howard Hilton at the age of 18. They had two children, Howard and Judith. They later divorced and Bertha and her children moved back to Dublin. She worked for the Presbyterian Senate Office in San Francisco for 15 years and retired to move to Walla Walla in 1974. After moving to Walla Walla, she worked for the Episcopal Church until she retired in 1979. In 1982, Bertha married James “Tom” Berry in Walla Walla. They lived up Mill Creek until Tom’s death. Bertha and her younger brother Roy Niedt shared a home in Milton-Freewater until they both needed to have extra help with everyday tasks. Bertha is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Milton-Freewater.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Ernie) Johnson of Milton-Freewater; her brother, Roy Niedt of Walla Walla; grandchildren, Wayne (Julie) Johnson of Pleasanton, Calif., Laurie (Chris) Busk of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Dave (Carolyn) Carter of Milton-Freewater, Kathi (Arron) Gundlach of Renton, Wash., Steve (Gayle) Carter of Pasco, and Kim (Mike) Garcia of Milton-Freewater; 15 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Berry; her son, Howard; her brothers, William and Robert Niedt; and her grandson, Kenneth Carter.