A. Elaine Berry

A. Elaine Berry, age 95, of Kadoka, died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at her residence in Kadoka.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 1, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, organist, and Joni Hunt, vocalist, with congregational hymns. Ushers were Shorty and Jerry Jones. Pallbearers were Jeff Page, Jim Kayras, Brent Berry, Alan Kayras, Tom and Justin Hunt.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of arrangements.

Altena Elaine Smith was born on May 21, 1910, Oacoma, SD, the daughter of Raymond Davis and Anna Grace (Waterbury) Smith. They moved to a claim near Poplar, MT, where her father died of typhoid fever. The family was then divided, with her two oldest brothers moving in with their Grandma Smith in Osage, IA, two other brothers stayed with their mother, and Elaine went to live with her Uncle Ned and Aunt Grace Scofield.

Elaine attended school through high school in Osage. After graduation, she went to Carleton College in Northfield, MN, for a year and a half, and Mosher Business School in Chicago for a year. She returned to South Dakota in 1929.

She lived and worked in Rapid City until her marriage to Paul McLain Berry, youngest son of former Governor Tom Berry. They were married on September 22, 1931, in the Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. They lived and ranched north of Norris until Paul's death in March of 1955. Elaine moved around and helped her children as she was needed. She spent several years in White River, then back to Norris to the ranch. She lived over the years in White River, the ranch at Norris, Kadoka, Pierre, St. Paul, MN, Martin and Spearfish, helping her children and grandchildren. She then moved to Kadoka where she has since resided.

Grateful for having shared her life include two sons, Keith Berry and his wife, Bunny, of Rapid City, and Ray Berry and his wife, Gail, of Norris; three daughters, Beverly Page and her husband, Dennis, of Interior, Lorena Fanning and her husband, Dick, of Long Valley, and Coleen Kayras and her husband, Mike, of Sturgis; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Paul, Elaine was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sarah Page; her parents; and five brothers, Earl, Howard, Clayton and Raymond Smith and Ralph Barnett.

A memorial is established to the Presbyterian Church of Kadoka. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com