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Moore Funeral Home & Moore Memorial Gardens

1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, TX

OBITUARY

Judith K Berutti

October 8, 1938May 15, 2020
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Judith “Dolly” Berutti was called to her eternal heavenly home on May 15, 2020. Dolly was born in Benld, Illinois on October 8, 1938 and lived there throughout her childhood and young adult years. It was there she met the love of her life Richard Berutti where they became high school sweethearts before marrying on November 22, 1959. They shared almost 52 years of marriage before Richard passed away in October 2011. Dolly and Rich raised two beautiful, successful daughters Laura and Lyn, and cherished their three grandsons Kyle Swearingen, Kevin Swearingen and Konner Carr, and great granddaughter Kynlee Swearingen.

During Dolly’s youth, she was a cheerleader and the editor of the high school paper. Later on she became a cosmetologist and enjoyed gardening along with volunteering at the women’s shelter. Throughout her life she loved scrapbooking, cooking, entertaining, spending time with family (especially the grandchildren), and traveling throughout the world. She also loved being a stay-at-home Mom and did a great job managing the household and home finances….she ran a tight ship and was always on top of things.

After bouncing around various locations across the US where Rich’s job took them, Dolly and her family settled in Arlington in the mid 70’s. It was there that they put down roots and quickly became very close friends with all of their neighbors. She could keep everyone in stitches telling stories about some of their parties and other shenanigans. It was this group that became lifetime friends who have stayed in touch with Dolly over the years and she treasured their friendship.

Despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in her early 30’s, Dolly always kept a positive outlook on life and was a positive influence on everyone she came in contact with. She always did what she could to make the best out of the hand she was dealt. One word that always comes up when people are describing Dolly is “classy”. She took great pride in herself and her family, and was one of the most caring persons you could ever meet.

Dolly was preceded in death by her husband Richard, and is survived by her daughters Laura Swearingen and husband Kenn Swearingen of Arlington, and Lyn Berutti of Grapevine; Grandsons Kyle Swearingen and wife Kelsey Swearingen, Kevin Swearingen, and Konner Carr; and great granddaughter Kynlee Swearingen.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your consideration of a donation in Judith Berutti’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.moore-funeralhome.com for the Berutti family.

Judith personally requested that all who loved her to reflect on the following words:

To Those I Love,

When I am gone, just release me, let me go - so I can move into my afterglow. You mustn't tie me down with your tears; let's be happy that we had so may years. I gave you my love, you can only guess how much you gave me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, but now it's time I traveled on alone. So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must, then let your grief be comforted with trust. It's only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. And then when you must come this way alone, I'll greet you with a smile and a "Welcome Home."

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Memories

Judith K Berutti

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Nelda Jones

May 20, 2020

Laura & Lyn, your Mom is now in the presence of Jesus, healed and made whole. What joy for you and the family. My prayers are for all of you. Wish I had known your Mom better, but what better place to meet than a wedding shower, a wedding and then a baby shower. Your faith in Jesus and your love for your Mom will carry you through in the days ahead. Love, Nelda

Randy and Jan Oliver

May 20, 2020

Dolly was such a very special lady. She was just so kind and soft spoken. We loved visiting with her on special holidays, she always did a lot of special fun things for her grandchildren., for instance sending them on a hunt to find their presents. Also, her making scrapbooks for each of them and enjoying doing that so much. She was definitely a beautiful lady inside and out. Rest In Peace Dolly and we will see you again.

Love,
Randy and Jan

Terry Swearingen

May 20, 2020

I first met Dolly many many (seems like 100) years ago when Kenn and Laura got married. At that time, she was pretty mobile and I was impressed with the beauty and grace she displayed as she worked the room greeting all the guests at Kenn and Laura's wedding reception . She had a smile on her beautiful face then and EVERY time I saw thereafter.
Throughout the years her strength and mobility gradually deteriorated but not her will to fight. She fought the good fight and now walks the streets of gold in Heaven.. And I'm sure that smile is more beautiful than ever.

Jeanine Thomas

May 20, 2020

I have to say I will miss Dolly, but I know she lived a great life and she is now resting in peace. She was always very loving and kind to me and my family. She treated me like I was one of her daughters. I will truly miss both Dolly and Rich. What a couple!!! They left behind two amazing daughters and their families. May the girls find peace and may they continue to smile as they share fond memories of their mom and dad.
May God continue to bless the Berutti family.

Jana McQueary

May 19, 2020

I have such fond memories of Dolly. She was so sweet and such a loving person. She was so easy to talk to, and I cherish the opportunities we had to visit. My love and condolences to her family.

Linda Battle

May 19, 2020

Today I spent some time with Dolly. I literally heard her words as I read through the scrapbook she made for her grandson, Kyle. One thing is obvious as I turned pages and flipped from photo to photo is that she absolutely loved her family. By family, all are included. This scrapbook is a genealogical gold mine. Deceased family members were honored in this scrapbook as well as her newest great grandchild, Kynlee. She wrote of each with the highest regard. Throughout this scrapbook, one thing or underlying theme stood out...her zest for life and the joy she found in it. She and Richard were so eager to share this joy and zest with their grandsons. In fact, it is apparent she shared that joy with all she loved. From the first time I met Dolly, it was like we had known each other for years. She and Richard were so much fun and so easy to be with. Although we did not visit often, each time we would pick up the conversation where we had left off.
At this time, I pray each of us that loved Dolly will remember the joy of life she exhibited. I believe her lesson to us is to live each day to the fullest. I know this is a difficult time because Dolly will be missed, but the wonder of memories will not be lost. Most importantly, let us not forget that God is the comforter of all. Comfort comes as we seek His presence.

Tony & Sara Berutti

May 19, 2020

When thinking of Dolly, four words come to mind; elegant, big hearted, spirited and love of family.
She always made us feel like family when we came to visit. One memory that stands out among many for me was when I was in college in Iowa and decided to travel to South Padre for Spring break. A friend and I stopped in Dallas for two days and visited. Dolly and Richard opened their house to us, snowed us the sites, fed us like kings and when we left gave us 2 cases of beer and wished us well.. Both were so welcoming, kind and generous.
Dolly will be missed but happy she is has reunited with Richard in heaven.
LoveTony & Sara Berutti

Elizabeth Jewell

May 18, 2020

I was fortunate to meet Dolly through her daughter Lyn years ago. The one thing that stuck out to me was how Dolly always had a big smile when both of her daughters came to visit. Helping Dolly through the years, it grew into a friendship as she shared stories and how proud she was of her two daughters and grandkids. I have seen strong people throughout my life but Dolly is at the very top of that. Her determination to live life and make the best of her situation was a strength of who she was. It made me more determined to have patience, be caring, and show love to others. Her favorite color was purple, and every time I see purple it will remind me of her. I will miss going to visit her but I am happy to know she is with Rich...no more pain or discomfort since she is whole in heaven.

Dolly, I hope you are dancing and celebrating big. You deserve to!

Love Always,
Elizabeth

Ryan Oliver

May 18, 2020

I wanted to shoot you a quick note. Ever since I met Dolly years and years ago she was the measure of class. When I’d here someone say something or someone was classy I always thought in the back of my mind no thing or person could ever be as classy as Mrs. Berutti. She was the epitome of grace and elegance and will forever set the standard for what I believe class and elegance look like. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Lots of Love
Ryan

The Millbrook Groupies

May 18, 2020

These are some memories from Dolly and Rich’s mid 1970's neighbors. We are: Carol and Don Moody, Barb and Don Thomas, Judi and Joe Ellington (RIP to both), and Shari (that's me) and Steve Binder.

It didn’t take much for us to come up with a reason to have a party. One of these fun occasions occurred at Dolly and Rich's Halloween Party in 1975. The Moody’s, who had just moved in, were invited by another couple to attend, but Dolly and Rich had not yet met them. Dolly was dressed as an angel with blonde hair. We all got together the next day, and the Moody’s were so surprised to see Rich with a very pretty brunette instead of a blonde! However, the joke was on all of us, because Don had also worn a wig at the party, which totally disguised his natural “bald is beautiful” look!

Dolly was the ultimate party planner, cook and hostess. Our dear, sweet Dolly could dress up like an angel on Halloween, but we soon learned about her mischievous side. For example, one year she and Rich set up a Halloween spook house in their garage for the neighborhood. With Rich owning a meat packing plant, he had access to the real deal regarding skeletons! Don Thomas was made up with ghostly looking makeup and put into a casket. He really got into the role after someone closed the lid on his head and the dripping blood became real. Afterwards, Don had to drop off his visiting nephew at a motel. Forgetting he still had on his ghostly makeup, he ended up looking into the barrel of a shotgun…the motel manager thought he was there to rob the place. In addition, Rich had put the cow’s skull in Don’s truck and asked him to drop it off somewhere in the country. Don was thankful no one saw him and thought he was dumping a body.

We all have our own wonderful memories of Dolly, but common to all is that we will miss our dear, sweet friend with her beautiful smile.

We love you Laura and Lyn, and your families!

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