Vida Pauline DeBerry

April 13, 1914April 22, 2018
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Vida Pauline “Polly” Childress DeBerry past into the arms of her Lord Jesus Christ on April 22, 2018 at the age of 104 years and 9 days. She had a long and wonderful life.Born April 13, 1914 to parents, Ernest Milton Childress and Annie Texanna Morris Childress, she was the fourth child of their union. She had two brothers and 3 sisters. They were reared in Normangee Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 59 years Frank DeBerry, two brothers Preston & Sam Childress, 3 sisters Lavada Bruce, Louise Skains, Inez Menefee, and nephews Donald Bruce and Tim Menefee, Nieces Dorothy Turner and Charlene Harkreader. She is survived by her only child. William Preston DeBerry and daughter-in-law Karen Davis DeBerry of Conroe Texas; Grandson Neal C. DeBerry of Houston; Granddaughter Debra Ann DeBerry MacFarlane of Magnolia; Great Granddaughter Sophia MacFarlane, Great Grandson Connor MacFarlane; and many nieces and nephews. Faith and family was everything to Pauline. She left the farm in Normangee for a career as a hair dresser in early 1930’s. She went to Houston and lived at the YWCA while attending beauty school. She moved into a boarding house in the Montrose area and went to work in a high end beauty shop catering to people of River Oaks and West University. She rented part of her room out to other women to help pay her rent so she could save money to pay for furniture she needed. She save enough money for her and baby Sister Inez to take a train to California to visit her sister Louise and her new baby Richard “Dickie”. They drove back to Houston in Louise’s car, taking turns driving and playing with Dickie. Mom said he was a good Baby! During the war a friend introduced her to Frank DeBerry who was in the Navy. They married shortly after the end of WWII. They started married life in East Texas where Frank had a farm and worked on drilling rigs. They decided to go into the hamburger business in 1956 in Angleton, Texas. Both worked hard 7 days a week at first to get the business running. When another family member fell on hard times, Frank and Polly helped her start a hamburger stand in Alvin and it was very successful. Over the rest of their working life they started 4 successful hamburger stands in the greater Houston area. After retirement Polly stayed busy, although older than most of the participants, leading the senior citizens exercise group until the age of 90. She was very busy making dolls in the senior citizens china doll classes and ceramics in Deer Park as well being very involved with the Silver Set Sunday School department at Deer Park First Baptist Church before moving to Conroe and joining First Baptist Conroe. Visitation will be held at at Metcalf Funeral Directors from 6:30pm to 8pm Friday, April 27, 2018 and from 9:30am to 10:30am Saturday April 28, 2018 and the Funeral Service will start at 10:30am. The interment will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Normangee, Texas. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Polly’s memory to First Baptist Church building fund Conroe, Texas.


  • Visitation Friday, April 27, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 28, 2018

Vida Pauline DeBerry

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Robert & Phyllis Lee

April 29, 2018

William and Karen,
Our continued prayers for the family. What an amazing woman and life she had. Cherish the memories and love she had for you. May she rest in the arms of Jesus and may God give you peace. We love y'all cousins.

Mark Rains

April 27, 2018

My wife and I had been married about three months when we moved in next door to the DeBerry's on East Highline in Deer Park. Over the next 9 or so years we not only had the greatest neighbors and examples of a Godly couple, but as we had our children we found out we had another set of grandparents. They put up with three preschoolers running around in their front yard as if it was no big deal. It was a sad day when we moved to a larger house but lost wonderful friends. Thank goodness they had joined FBC, Deer Park by then so we still saw them on a regular basis. We're sad "Mr. & Mrs. DeBerry" are not here anymore, but we know they are together in Heaven. (The picture of her brings back great memories!)

Denton & Marsha McDugle

April 26, 2018

Marsha and I first met the DeBerry's in the early 80's when we became Senior Adult Ministry Directors at First Baptist Church in Deer Park, Texas. They began to travel with us on trips and tours and we both fell in love with them. Thru the years, they became two of our closet friends. I personally admired Frank so much as we had hours and hours and talks about his experiences in the war as well as all life in general. As a matter of fact, Polly asked me to preside and preach his funeral when he past and was a delight for me. After Frank's passing, Polly moved to Conroe where we had the joy of attending her 100th birthday at the church. Polly is the absolute epitome and love. I cannot express how much an indelible impression these two folks made on our lives. For Marsha and me both they were a second set of parents. Few people have crossed our paths of 75 years who have impacted us more than these. Our loss.....heaven's gain! Denton & Marsha McDugle, Deer Park, Texas.

Tom Barnes

April 25, 2018

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Justin Rocha

April 25, 2018

My condolences to your family and friends. 104 years old wow! What a nice life she lived. Mrs. Deberry sounded like a sweet lady. I want to share a scripture with you that I read in times of distress. It is found at Revelation 21:4 and it says there: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This scripture promises us that there will be a ressurection and death will be gone soon. I hope that you were able to draw some comfort from this aswell.

Beverly Hillyer

April 24, 2018

William, Karen & family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady that didn't look her age! She lived a long life and she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

The Hillyer family