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May 15, 2013

Camelia Mary Uzzell Berry

Camelia Mary Uzzell Berry, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, returned to her heavenly home on April 19, 2013. She was born on Dec. 28, 1918, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Thomas H. Uzzell, a freelance writer, and Camelia Waite, a literary critic. The family lived in Washington, Paris, White Plains, New York, and later in Stillwater.

Early in her life Camelia found a fascination in art and expressed herself in every medium she was permitted to sample. By the time she was 8 she was attending the Grand Central School of Art in New York City and was the youngest student in the advanced life classes. During this time, she discovered a love for horses and rode as often as possible in Central Park. She attended Barnard College in New York City. During the Great Depression, her parents had to work and she became the nanny for her little sister, the cook and housekeeper, as well as nurse for her ailing grandmother.

 On October 3, 1940, she married Jackson David Berry, a rancher from Stillwater. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Salt Lake City, Utah, Temple. Jack and Camelia raised their family in Stillwater, before moving to Grand Junction, Colo., in the mid-70s. Together, the couple enjoyed horseback riding, square dancing, cooking, remodeling, Star Trek, and their three children, CaMary, Diana and David.

Camelia spent her entire life drawing, painting, sketching and sculpting. Over the years she illustrated several books and her works appeared in distinguished publications and museums, including the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa and the Philbrook Museum of Art also in Tulsa. Her genealogical studies and illustrations of the Berry brothers in Indian Territory serve as a valuable record of Oklahoma history as well as family history.

Jack and Camelia were happily married for 67 years. Camelia is survived by her children CaMary (Lee) Wynne of Whitewater, Colo., Diana (Alvin) Mayo of Grand Junction, Colo., and David N. (Michelle) Berry of Grand Junction, Colo., as well as nine grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Following Camelia’s wishes, a grave side ceremony was held Tuesday, April 23, at the Elmwood Cemetery in Fruita, Colorado.

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