2008-05-09 / Obits

Clara Mae Berry


Clara Mae Berry, a longtime Rockaway resident, died April 25.

Berry, a housekeeping supervisor, was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on August 16, 1930. She was a longtime employee of Lawrence Nursing Home and a member of St. John's Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Abraham Hilliard; daughter, Constance Howell; granddaughter, Stacey Howell; sisters, Edith Miller and Mary Hilliard; and brothers, Paul and Silas Hilliard.

Berry is survived by her mother, Julia Hilliard; husband, Frank Berry Sr.; children, Julia Walker, Frances Webb, Margaree Scott, Geraldine Eastman, Frank Berry Jr., Edith Cribbs, Magglyn Berry and Gloria Jenkins; sons-in-law, Daniel, Dennis, Talbert, Sell, and Leon; daughter-inlaw, Marie Berry; 29 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; brothers, James and Abraham Hilliard; sisters-in-law, Mary Julia and Victoria Hilliard; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home. Visitation and services were held at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment was at All Saint's Cemetery in Great Neck, New York.

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