Vera Ernesteen (Ernie) Berry

Vera Ernesteen (Ernie) Berry, 77, passed away on July 8, 2014, with family members by her side in Gilbert, Ariz.

Ernie was a longtime resident of Dolores, Colo., and her memorial service will be held at the Dolores Community Center on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. A potluck dinner will be held after the memorial.

Ernie was the oldest daughter of Vernon and Linnie Gaddis from Dierks, Ariz. Ernie’s family followed the logging industry through Colorado and Washington before settling in southwest Colorado, where she met and married her husband, Bruce Berry, in 1957. Ernie and Bruce were married for 57 years.

Ernie worked for the Dolores School District for a number of years. She enjoyed cooking, reading, sewing, four-wheeling, traveling, putting on backyard parties, and spending time with her family. Ernie will be remembered for her kind and compassionate personality.

Ernie is survived by her husband, Bruce Berry; her oldest son, Charles Berry, and his wife Angela; her youngest son, Perry Berry, and his wife, Lana; and grandchildren Steven, Erik, Tyler, Noah, Tessa, Jacob, Jade, Jenae and Jet. Ernie is preceded in death by Lisa Berry, her daughter.