BERRY/RICHARDS-- Information & Photographs

The origin of the BERRY surname (at least in this case) appears to be Yorkshire, England.
The origin of the Richards surname (in this case) is also England, county unknown.
Aunt Gladys as a toddler... I don't have any pix of her as an adult.
Aunt Glad looked a LOT like Nan Charlotte (in the second photo)

Parents of Gladys (Berry) Clukey
Herbert A. Berry
and Charlotte L. Richards

Obituary of Aunt Glad Clukey...
My Great Aunt Glad, My mother's aunt)

Gladys Clukey (Wife predeceased Quentin Clukey) born 6 Jun. 1923 in Camden, Maine Died 19 Sep. 2003 in Camden) to Herbert A. Berry (d. 27 Dec. 1963) and Charlotte Lovell, (d. 29 Nov. 1973) both of the Camden-Rockport, Maine area.

CAMDEN – Gladys M. Clukey, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Windward Gardens. Born in Camden on June 6, 1923, she was the daughter of Herbert A. and Charlotte (Richards) Berry. She was a 1941 graduate of Camden High School. On Dec. 20, 1941, she married Quintin H. Clukey in Dexter. They were married for 50 years. During World War II, Mrs. Clukey lived and worked in Dexter, while her husband served in the U.S. Army. In 1946, they returned to Camden. During the 1960′s, she worked with her husband managing the Nationwide Store, which later became Megunticook Corner Market. She also worked for many years in the housekeeping department at the Camden Community Hospital. Surviving are two sons, Michael Q. Clukey of Camden; Alan D. Clukey and his wife, Dera, of Belmont; three grandchildren, Traci Clukey and Laurie Clukey, both of Lincolnville, Matthew Berry of Brooks; three great-grandchildren, John Michael Haynes, Nikiah Lynn Berry and Airianna Marie Berry; three brothers-in-law, Cyril Clukey of Detroit, Harold Clukey of Bryant Pond, and Vernon Clukey of California; one sister-in-law, Joanne Walters of Bryant Pond; and her former daughter-in-law, Arlene Harriman and her husband, Tracy, of Lincolnville; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Quintin H. Clukey in 1991; a sister and two brothers. Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Robert E. Laite Funeral Home, Camden. The funeral will be 1o a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the John Street United Methodist Church in Camden. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Camden. Memorial donations may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Coastal Family Hospice, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841 or the Windward Gardens Patient Activities Account, 201 Mechanic St., Camden, ME 04843.
This is Nan Charlotte in her High School (Rockport, ME)
graduation photo.  This would have been about 1918.

Arleigh J., Frank T., and Gladys M. Berry
My grandfather wasn't born yet (Ralph A. Berry)

My Aunt Glad died of Lung Cancer.  She had never smoked a cigarette in her life.  This cancer was caused purely from second-hand cigarette smoke (her husband smoked as well as her 2 sons).  She was a sweet person with a grasp on our family history.  If only I'd recorded her!

Baby Brother to Arleigh J. Berry, Frank T. Berry, Gladys M. Berry (not in above photo)
My Grandfather, Ralph Allen Berry at about age 14.
Poppa Ralph was born 18 May 1926 in Rockport, Maine, USA
d. 25 April 1969 in Rockland, Maine, USA.
Ralph met my grandmother, Louise at a softball game.  We called her Nanna B, the "B" was for Berry.
Nanna B was born Louise Grace Waltz on 18 January 1930 in Waldoboro, Maine, USA. 
She died of an inoperable tumor on her spine (near her neck, base of brain) on the 25th of April, 1993 in Camden, Maine, USA.  

Pappa Ralph died young (only 43), and Nan married her second husband, Charles Dodge.  They had lived in a trailer in Rockport, Maine, USA where Poppa Charlie was a carpenter/Cabinet maker.  He had a workshop where he made classic wooden furniture.  I always admired that.  I would later do a little carpentry myself, but never like he did.

Nanna B was descended from the earliest settlers of the Waldoboro, Bremen, (Broad Bay, Gross Neck) area who were German.  Posters were hung in Germany advertising the area as great for farming, a lot like Germany. What they found when they got here was an untamed wilderness, and unfriendly Native Americans. They had to work very hard to make those fields for farming, and build their cabins, but what they finally created, what is there today is the result of their hard work, blood, sweat and tears. I don't know what attracted people back then to drop everything and move for a totally far away country back in the days when a long ship ride was the only option, but I should be grateful for their adventurous spirits, as they were able to come together and collectively create the person known as ME!

Nanna B and Poppa Charlie (Dodge)

The Children of Ralph Allen Berry and Louise Grace (Waltz) Berry:
Cynthia L. Berry, Frank A. Berry, and my mother, Vicki* A. Berry.  My Uncle Frank died a few years back 2012 from Heart Failure, but I will remember him for his sense of humor, singing voice and red hair. He is known around these parts as Friendly Frank. Not a bad legacy to leave.

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