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Lottie Jean Berry

March 7, 1929 — May 7, 2015

Lottie Jean Hill Berry,86, of La Grande and formerly of Imbler left this earth to be with her savior on May 7, 2015 at her home at Wildflower Lodge.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. June 13, 2015 at the Summerville Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Irwin Smutz officiating. Burial will follow at the Summerville Cemetery.

Lottie was born March 7, 1929 at her Grandparent's home in Forest Creek, Oregon. She was the second child of Lawrence Wilder Hill and Olena Martha Black Hill. There were three children in the family when her parents divorced. When Lottie was thirteen her mother and her siblings moved to Summerville, Oregon where they lived with her Aunt Lottie McDonald's family and worked on their farm. At age fifteen she went to live with Don and Marge Wagoner working for her room and board while attending high school.

The winter of 1946 Lottie meet her future husband Jesse Berry when she got her car stuck in the snow. On September 1, 1946 Lottie and Jesse were married in La Grande, Oregon. They bought the small farm where Jesse grew up and this is where they lived most of their 57 years of marriage. When Jesse passed in 2004 she moved but still remained in Imbler. In 2013 she moved to Wildflower Assisted Living in La Grande.

Lottie loved to garden and spent her summers putting up the vegetables and fruit. By the end of the summer the shelves in the cellar would be full of canned goods. In the fall she would go hunting with Jesse for their meat supply. She enjoyed being a homemaker and spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid reader, was interested in politics and not afraid to voice her opinion about the workings of the government. She was a charter member of the Imbler Christian Church, a woman of integrity and had a thirst for a deeper knowledge of the bible.

Lottie had seven siblings from her father's second family. The youngest Mike spent a summer with Lottie and her family when he was in high school. They have remained close throughout the years. Mike and his wife Linda traveled from Southern Oregon to see Lottie before her passing.

Survivors include her children, Bryce and wife Kerma Berry, Imbler, daughter Trisha and husband Bruce Babcock, Kalispell, Montana and daughter Susie and husband Doug Romer of La Grande. Siblings Sharon Skeen, Pasco, Washington, Pat Hill, Medford, Margo Ann Morgan, Grants Pass, Roger Hill, Roseburg, Carolyn DeMerrsman, Grants Pass, Emil Hill, Grants Pass and Mike Hill, Rogue River. She had seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Jesse Berry, parents Olena Hill, Lawrence Hill, brother Donald Hill and sister Janet Hill.

Daniels-Knopp Funeral Cremation & Life Celebration Center is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Imbler Christian Church or to the Grande Ronde Hospital Home Health Hospice.


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