Chistina Anne Berry

FOWLER, Calif. – Chistina Anne Berry (Christina Glenn-Arabian), born in Fowler, Calif. on Aug. 17, 1918, to Isaac and Sarah Glenn. She was the second of seven children. She passed in Bellevue, Wash. on March 10, 2013.

Chris proved our human-will can overcome most any obstacle. Born with a serious spinal deformity, a hunchback, she was thought to be handicapped. But she never considered herself handicapped, and proved time and again to be more vigorous and alive than many people with perfect, straight backs.

Her mother forbid her to marry, but Chris rented a mailbox so she could receive love-letters from her future husband, a young man from Maine, Roland Edward Berry. She married and moved from Fresno to chilly Boston. They raised two sons, James and Charles, settling in Escanaba. Dr. Berry was a pathologist and ran the laboratory at St. Francis Hospital. Chris was an avid reader, a lifetime learner of languages, politics, music and history. Chris was an active volunteer with the Community Concert Association, the Housing Commission and various civic organizations, and enjoyed traveling, music and the fine arts. Chris moved to Bellevue, Wash. in 2000.

Those who knew her during the past twelve years will remember her relentless long fingers tending her garden. No weed or single blade of grass survived more than a few days in her garden. She also volunteered at the Bellevue Senior Center, taking lunch tickets and running the gift-wrap table at Christmas. In pain almost every day of her life, she rarely complained about it. Most of her many friends and acquaintances never knew her daily suffering, because she always greeted them with a warm smile, cheerfulness and optimism.

She is survived by her son, Charles; her grandchildren, Sara of New Hampshire, Michael of New Jersey and Russell of Washington; and her dear friend Pat Berry; and her sisters, Blossom, Pearl and Donna.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations to: North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE, Mail: PO Box 90012, Bellevue, WA 98009.