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July 4, 2013

(6/5/1925 - 6/11/2013)

Arlean LaVaughn Berry, 88, of Renton, Washington, passed away at home on June 11, 2013 of natural causes.

She was born June 5, 1925, in Scotland County Missouri to Eddie Guy and Loreita Mae (Lancaster) Howard.

She was a graduate of Memphis High School, class of 1942. After graduation, Arlean worked at the Schaffer Pen Company in Fort Madison, Iowa. She applied to be admitted to the 1944 class of Cadette Nurses at Blessing Hospital School of Nursing in Quincy, Illinois. Arlean graduated from the school as a registered nurse in 1947 and received her nurse's cap which was one of her most cherished memories. She met many lifelong friends in the nursing program. After graduation, Arlean was employed at Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. It was while working here that she met her future husband.

Arlean married Lester Leland Berry on December 17, 1950 in Memphis, Missouri. They moved from Colorado to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1954 and it was here that their three children were born.

Arlean was well known for keeping a very neat yard and house. She could always be found outside working on her flower beds, mowing her yard, tending her large vegetable garden, or snow blowing the driveway in the winter. She loved her snow blower! In later years when she moved back to Missouri, Arlean took up the hobby of genealogy which would soon consume her time and become her passion. She was the one in the family to go to if you had a question about any relative. She was a fixture at the Scotland County Library and traveled to many different towns and cemeteries to track down information.

She is survived by her children, Teresa (Ted) Reiser of Napanoch, New York, Craig Berry of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Anita (Kevin) Kallish of Renton, Washington; five grandchildren: Ann Marie Henderson and Jason DiCorcia of Port Jervis, New York, Kristen DiCorcia of Hamburg, New Jersey, and Nathan Kallish and Natalie Kallish of Renton, Washington; two great- grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Eugene Howard of Arbela, Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brothers: Clarence, Leland, and Hillis Howard, and one grandchild, Craig Harley Lester Berry. Arlean was laid to rest in a private graveside ceremony in Idaho Falls, Idaho on June 17, 2013. To honor Arlean's memory, memorials may be made to the Scotland County Library or the Scotland County Nutrition Site in Memphis, Missouri.

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