Patricia Ann Berry, affectionately known as Pat to her friends and family, passed away at the age of 73. She leaves behind a legacy of grace and kindness and a sweet spirit that will forever live on in the hearts and minds of all those who loved her dearly.
Pat was born on March 16, 1948 in Birmingham, AL. Growing up, she was a creative, gifted, and smart child, and an extraordinary student, who excelled in school. When she became a pre-teen, her large and extended family moved to Seattle, WA, and settled into a house located in the Central District.
She was brought up in a tightknit, God-fearing home filled with love, laughter, great stories, fond memories, and lots of cousins, who were more like siblings to her. They attended church together, cooked and ate dinner together, prayed and played together, shared clothing and beds, and looked after one another. Since Pat, along with her sister Carolyn, were the oldest kids in the house, they were often responsible for babysitting their younger cousins and baby brother, Barry, while the adults were working.
Bold and brave as a teen, Pat was popular and admired by her peers and younger cousins. In 1966 she graduated from Garfield High School. Shortly thereafter, she married, started her career, and began raising her daughter, Sherry Lynn Jones. In 1976, Pat and her late husband Breard Jones, were blessed with a baby boy, Breard Joseph Jones, nicknamed BJ.
Pat was a quick learner, and she could complete rudimentary and systematic tasks faster than most people. This led her to take on multiple jobs simultaneously that often involved processing data or organizing information. Early in her career, she worked in banking and the insurance industry; those were her day jobs. By night, she was waking up pre-dawn seven days a week to deliver hundreds of newspapers to earn extra money. Her work ethic over the years was incredible. Pat eventually retired from the King County Judicial Administration Court Clerks Office after 16 years of dedicated service.
Some of Pat’s favorite things to do were baking sweets, visiting family, following sports, solving crossword puzzles and word searches, playing dominoes and board games, reading the newspaper, studying the Bible, writing letters and notes, attending church and knitting. She was great at all of those things. Her seven-up and chocolate cakes were simply the best. She could sit with her grandson, Marcus, for hours analyzing sport statistics and watching wheel of fortune and jeopardy - two game shows she could have easily become a champion contestant.
Patricia Ann Berry – we love you. Thank you for being YOU and blessing our lives with joy and happiness. Your earthly presence will be greatly missed, but your spirit will always remain in our hearts.
Pat is preceded in death by her mother, Alberta Halsell, biological father, Jim Hardy Gilbert, and sister, Jean Sanders. Left to mourn her are her father, John Halsell; daughter, Sherry Jones (Jeffrey); son, Breard Jones; siblings, Carolyn Hawkins, Barry Gilbert, Anthony Halsell, and Ingrid Goodwin; brother-in-law, Cleo Sanders; grandchildren Marcus Tibbs and Jeliah Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service for Pat will take place on Saturday, May 29, at 11 am at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. All are invited to attend the virtual service via Facebook Live. Go to Ingrid Goodwin’s Facebook page to connect to the livestream. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to family and close friends. Contact Ingrid via Facebook if you would like to attend in-person.
(Version 5/19/2021 11:06 pm)