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Lisa Roberta Berry

February 12, 1938 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 84)

Obituary

Elsie "Lisa" R. Berry was born on February 12, 1938, in Washington, District of Columbia. She passed away on April 25, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.

Elsie graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1956. She went on to attend Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s in Special Education. She then attended Texas Christian University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Theology. In her later years, Elsie graduated from Bright Divinity with a master’s in Theology.

Affectionately regarded as “Lisa”, Elsie served as a minister at Metropolitan Community Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. In her early years, Elsie worked as a Purchasing Agent at Dallas County Mental Health & Retardation and Southwest Medical University. She also served as a minister at Disciples of Christ Church. She enjoyed a longtime career as Chaplain at Tyson Foods.

Elsie earned many significant honors, and her achievements were plentiful. She became a Blackbelt in her 60s, sang in the High Soprano Church Choir, became an ordained minister at 73 years old, and served as a member of Mensa and Toastmasters until her transition.

Devout in faith, Elsie was ordained as a minister at Disciples of Christ in Dallas, Texas, in 2011. Her community involvement was remarkable; she served as a Victims Chaplain with the Dallas Police Department, Chaplain at Baylor Scott & White Hospital, and Extra at Dallas Opera. She also participated in flash mobs and was a fire-eater at a carnival production.

Among many hobbies, Elsie enjoyed sewing, reading, quilting, attending Toastmasters, bowling, and continuing her education. She will be fondly remembered for her perseverance, dedication, and social butterfly nature. Her compassionate spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Elsie was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Berry; partner, Gladys Townsend, son, Joel Hill; great-grandson, Joel Burkhart; mother, Dorothy Valette; and grandparents, George and Elsie Clark.

Those left to cherish sweet memories include her children, Charlene Graham (Kevin) and Virginia Berling; grandchildren - Candace, Joeleen, Stephani, Michael, and Joel; eight great-grandchildren; siblings - Joyce, Marta Sue, Denise (Mark), Valette, Paul (Jan), Valette, George Valette, and Clark Valette; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, in donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas in Elsie's honor:

Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas

3001 Knox Street

Suite 200

Dallas, Texas 75205

800-272-3900


Services

Memorial Celebration of Life
Saturday
June 25, 2022

3:00 PM
People’s Church of Kalamazoo
1758 North 10th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Donations

Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas
3001 Knox St #200, Dallas TX 75205
Tel: 1-800-272-3900
Web: https://www.alz.org/dallasnetexas?form=alz_donate

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