Sarah Margaret Berry

March 14, 1936 ~ December 23, 2021 (age 85)


Sarah Margaret Berry, age 85, died Thursday morning at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Braselton, Georgia. She is the daughter of George W. and Okie E. (Cook) Berry and was born March 24, 1936 in Chilhowie, Virginia. She grew up in the Mountain View Methodist Church. Margaret graduated from Chilhowie High School and attended Washington County Tech. After working for Brunswick Corporation for five years, she moved to Florida, There she worked for the YWCA and Woodco Corporation until she met Naval enlistee Bob Berry, and they married in the Naval Base Chapel in Jacksonville. From there they moved to Savannah, Georgia and after retiring they relocated to Flowery Branch, Georgia. Margaret was one of the founders of Village Craftsmen, a gallery/co-op for arts and crafts on River Street in Savannah, Georgia and was a member there from 1970 to 2000. She traveled for 30 years displaying and selling her art at invitational shows from Virginia to Florida. She also illustrated a book of poetry, “Savannah by the Sea,” and was author of “Delicate Scenes in Acrylics,” an instructional art book Her painting “Georgia's Thirteen Original Flags” hangs in Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia and she was listed in the book “Artists of Georgia” in the 1980s. She often said “My most precious possessions are my family and the hundreds of friends I have made in my travels.” Margaret was also one of the supervisors of Sports Information for the 1996 U.S. Olympics Yachting Venue in Savannah and it was then that she painted her Olympic tribute “Going for the Gold.” She also enjoyed volunteering as a member of the Board of Directors at the Savannah Sailing Center. Margaret became a member of the Red Hat Society in 2003 and founded a chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Flowery Branch. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a fun-loving and generous friend to many. Her sense of humor and caring spirit will be missed. She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Marvin, Paul and Frank, sister Marie Anderson, granddaughter Avery Elizabeth Birthrong, and daughter-in-law Virginia Anne Berry. She is survived by her husband Robert (Bob); daughter Cheryl Birthrong (Ron), son Tim Berry, grandson Alex Birthrong and nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 8, 2022 at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Byrd & Flanigan Funeral Service Lawrenceville GA. Arrangements by Byrd and Flanigan Crematory & Funeral Service, Lawrenceville. 770-962-2200

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A Celebration of Life Service
January 8, 2022

3:00 PM
Byrd & Flanigan Crematory and Funeral Service
288 Hurricane Shoals Rd NE
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

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