Tahlequah Daily Press


January 7, 2013

Betty Mae Berry

TAHLEQUAH — Committal services for Betty Mae Berry will be held at noon, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Fort Gibson National Cemetery, with Rev. J.E. Cook officiating. Services are under the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Luke Kelley, Sonny Shook, Wayne Estill, Chuck Berry, Bill Wright and Rod Ross.

Online condolences may be left at tahlequah funeral.com

Betty Mae (Briner) Berry was born April 30, 1925, in Kansas City, Kan., to Charles Raymond Briner and Gladys Mae (Savage) Briner. She was called home to be with her Lord, whom she loved with all her heart, on Jan. 2, 2013, while a patient at the Go Ye Village Medical Center at the age of 87.

Betty spent most of her adult life in the Kansas City area. On March 12, 1947, in Columbia, Mo., Betty married Robert “Bill” Berry, the love of her life. They were blessed with a son, Charles William, in July 1949. Charles passed away in 2006.

Betty worked as an office manager until her retirement, when she and Bill moved to the Bella Vista, Ark., area. In the early 1990s they moved to Go Ye Village.

She and Bill were devoted to each other. She and Bill shared 65 years of marriage together until his recent passing on Dec.. 11, 2012. They enjoyed square dancing. The raised Schnauzer dogs as a hobby for a short time and were very successful with their kennel.

She was always active in her church at Northside Baptist here in Tahlequah, especially her Sunday school class.

Betty will be missed by many, especially all of her extended family at Go Ye Village and Northside Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers Betty requested donations be made to the Northside Baptist Church Building Fund at 230 North St., Tahlequah, Okla., 74464; (918) 458 9778.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. Commercial Road, (918) 458-5055.

Irma Dey Dushenke

TAHLEQUAH – Irma was born July 27, 1915, to Olga Tober and Edward Dey in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended St. Mark Lutheran School and West Tech and James Ford Rhodes High Schools in Cleveland. She was employed as a secretary at Western Union Telegraph Messenger Department.

She and George Dushenke met while they were serving as armed guards for one of the defense department companies in the area. She married George Alvin Dushenke in 1938, and together they operated Suburban Title Service. They moved west in 1957, where they owned and operated a motel in Las Cruces, N.M.,a warmer, drier climate.

During this interval, they housed the crew from the Smithsonian Institute of Astrophysical Training. The men and some of the wives became close friends and in the International Geophysical Year pinned Irma with one of the rare IGY pins and gave her a pennant depicting the satellites and stars in agate.

After selling the motel, they moved to Tucson, Ariz., where Irma was employed by Tucson Newspapers Inc. She also held a salesman license in real estate and was active in the Lutheran Women’s Mission League. She and her husband, George, were charter members of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Tucson.

After retirement and in January of 1986, they moved to the lovely Green Country area and Go Ye Village Retirement Center in Tahlequah. Go Ye Village was their choice, since they had no family of their own and also the Village’s Life Care program.

Irma is survived by four nephews, Ralph Dey of Cleveland, Alan Williams of Fredericksburg, Texas, Kenny Dushenke of Fort Pierce, Fla., and Kent Williams of Summerville, S.C.; and two nieces, Carolyn Robinson of Andover, Mass., and Ginny Thompson of Topsham, Maine. She is predeceased by husband, George, and two older brothers, Edward Jr. and William.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in the First Lutheran Church. Following the memorial service, there will be refreshments at First Lutheran Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Home.

 Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.

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