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Lincolnville Cemetery
Sunday September 17th, 2017
6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Interment following funeral service

Potwin Christian Church
Monday September 18th, 2017

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Leora S. Berryman

Leora S. Berryman, 94, of Whitewater, passed September 13, 2017 at Wheat State Manor in Whitewater, where she was a resident since June 02 2010.  She was born on March 19, 1923 in Greeley, CO to John and Katherine Bernhardt who had emigrated from a German colony in Frank, Russia in 1907.  Her parents spoke German and Russian and they learned English form their children.  Leora was one of 11 children and they grew up working in the sugar beet fields.  They worked hard and were very poor, but were close as a family and had a lot of fun together.  They loved to tease and play jokes on each other. 

Leora married Glen Berryman in 1940 in Greeley.  They had 4 children and lived in Greeley, Cheyenne, WY and Eaton, CO where Glen ran a Texaco filling station and the family lived in an apartment on top of the filling station.  One day Glen decided to move his family to Missouri where he was born.  They stopped in Newton to see his brother who talked him into moving to Wichita.  Six months later he went to work for the Vickers Refinery in Potwin and worked there until it closed. 

Leora worked at Kinder Manufacturing in Newton and then at Hesston Manufacturing from 1974 to 1986.  She enjoyed her retirement by quilting and crocheting.  She crocheted 4 beautiful dolls and their accessories for her daughter.  She also handmade her daughter and each of her daughter in-laws a log cabin quilt. 

Leora enjoyed working outside in her vegetable garden and flower beds.  She loved to can her green beans, tomatoes and peaches. 

Leora is survived by her son’s Gene (Anne) of Hendersonville, NC, Gilbert (Jackie) of Wellington, KS, Roger (Terri) of Elko, NV; son in-law “Bus” Coats of Potwin; her sister Darlene Curry of Branson, MO; 9 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.  Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband of 67 years Glen, and her daughter Sherry Coats. 

Services will be held Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10am at Potwin Christian Church with burial to follow at McGill Cemetery in Potwin.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6-7:30pm on Sunday the 17th.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions in Leora’s name to Wheat State Manor.

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I've taken care of Leora at WSM for a long time, then my daughter Carlee came to work there and we both loved her dearly. Carlee has so many great pictures with Leora that she will treasure. Thank you all for letting us into her life. RIP Leora!

Monica Farrar Sep 19 2017 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Sep 17 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, Gilbert, Jackie, and all of the family. Prayers and my thoughts to you all during this difficult time. It is tough to loose your Mom.

Jeannie Frost Sep 15 2017 12:00 AM

Glen and Leora were so special to us. After Broderick's adoption from Russia, about his first 8 years of life and Kenton's first 5 years, my boys learned to wave EVERY time we drove by your grandparents house because they were always in their chairs watching out the front window! She'd call to see if someone was sick if we didn't drive by. And there was always a "extra special" treat for the boys (especially Broderick) when we went trick-or-treating. Of course I spoiled your grandparents a little too with baked goodies. What special people Glen and Leora were and they certainly brightened my life! How happy they are together in Heaven!

Rochelle (Brown) Dickson Sep 14 2017 12:00 AM