Jean McGregor Lindsay Berry, 99, died peacefully at home in Lafayette, LA on Sunday, March 3, 2019. A Celebration of Life Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Ruby Presbyterian Church by Rev. Robyn Garrison with inurnment to follow in the Ruby Cemetery. This final resting place will be in the Ruby Cemetery which is across the street from her maternal grandmother's house, where she was born on July 13, 1919. The family will greet friends following the committal service in the Ruby Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
Jean is survived by her sons, Alan Lindsay (Kathy) Berry, and James Calvin Berry; daughter, Mollie McGregor Berry (Doug) Johnson; niece, Susan Elmendorf (Jeff) Roberts; and six grandchildren, Nicole (Frank) Do, Sonya Berry, Bonnie (Andrew) Lockridge, Daniel Johnson, Sarah Johnson, and Isabella Johnson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James Calvin and Jean McGregor Lindsay; brother, James Calvin Lindsay, Jr.; sister, Mary Elmendorf; nephew, Calvin Lindsay Elmendorf; and husband, Rudolph Allen Berry.
Jean was raised in St. Pauls, NC. She spent most of her life in Greensboro, NC, and her last few years in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jean, a dyed in the wool Presbyterian, was a charter member of Starmount Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC, and a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women.
Jean received an Associate's degree from Peace College, and a Bachelor's degree from UNC Chapel Hill. Following graduation, she was a social worker in North and South Carolina. She then returned to school at RPI in Richmond to study Occupational Therapy. Following this graduation, she worked as an occupational therapist at the Polio Hospital and at the CP school in Greensboro, NC. During this period, she developed a device to allow polio victims to type or paint with their teeth. This device was featured in a cover story in Popular Mechanics Magazine.
After taking time out to raise her children, Jean returned to school earning a Bachelor's degree at UNC Greensboro. She then taught special education classes at the Junior and Senior High level in Greensboro. Jean was an avid gardener, weaver, knitter, and leather worker. A lifetime adventurer, she was always a child at heart.
The family expresses their heartfelt love and thanks to Jean's loving friend and caregiver Ericka Smith.
The family encourages memorial donations to, Ruby Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 35, Ruby, SC 29741.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Berry family.