Berry, Norah Dingwall

BERRY – A pioneer Bassano and Brooks resident, Norah Dingwall Berry died in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on June 21, 1974 at the age of 93 years.

She was born in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland and attended the George Watson’s Ladies College in Perth, Scotland and also the Dundee Royal Infirmaries in Dundee, Scotland where she graduated as a nurse. She came to Bassano in 1913 to act as a companion for her aunt, Mrs. Playfair, mother of the late William (Billy) Playfair, noted rancher in the district. She married Frank Berry in 1913 in St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Bassano. She worked as a nurse with the late Dr. A.G. Scott at Bassano and Dr. McCullock and Dr. C.E. Anderson, both of Brooks nursing here during the Typhoid epidemic in 1913.

She came to Brooks in the 1920’s and was noted for her good sense of humor, consideration of others and the active interest she took in the welfare of her community.

Taking an active interest in St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Brooks she was president of the Guild and Altar Society and organist for many years. Mrs. Berry was secretary of the Brooks Girl Guide Association and a life member of the Helen Chapter O.E.S. She and Sarah King were honored in 1971when a bronze plaque was dedicated to them at the Newell Nursing Home in Brooks.

Mrs. Berry was a resident of Newbrook Lodge for three years and the Bow Crest Nursing Home in Calgary for the past seven months.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Jean, in 1940 and her husband, Frank in March 1974.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John (Mildred) Kimber of Swift Current, Saskatchewan and Mrs. Stan (Joyce) Saunders of Brooks; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Joyce Clarke of Calgary.

Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in St, Alban’s Anglican Church with Rev. W.R. Stringer officiating. Interment will follow in Brooks Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Bob White, Ron Wilkie, Jim Wilkie, Oliver Ingram, Don Crerar and Vern Smith.

Smith Funeral Home, directors of service.

Brooks Bulletin   June 26, 1974    Roll 22   Image 624