OBITUARY

Betty Jo Berry

November 22, 1939March 25, 2019
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Betty Jo Berry, 79, of Elkview went home to be with the Lord, March 25, 2019 at home. Betty Jo was born November 22, 1939 to the late Rosa Jane and Clovis Casto. She was preceded in death by her sister, Thelma Lynn Riggs. Betty Jo was a member of the North Charleston Apostolic Church, and former member of Keystone Apostolic Church. Left to cherish her memory are loving husband of 60 years, Burley Berry at home; daughter, Beverly Fox (Richard) of Clendenin; sons, Bart Berry (Cindy) of Gandeeville, and Brian Berry (Tammy) of Kenna; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; siblings, Don Casto, Dexter Casto, Fran Brown, and Karen McBride. Service will be 4:00pm Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 with Pastor Anthony Moss officiating. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 2:00pm Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to HospiceCare. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2019
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Betty Jo Berry

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Patti Gardner

March 26, 2019

I worked with Betty Jo many years ago at WV Health Statistics. I was a very young girl, and she took me under wing and helped me so much. She was such a funny and loving person. It was a real pleasure to know her. I am sorry to read of her passing. My love to her family.

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Betty Jo Berry. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Betty was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Betty was born on Mountain State Hospital in Charleston, WV. She was the daughter of Rosa Jane and Clovis Dexter Casto. Betty was raised in Kanawha County, WV. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Betty was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Betty's personality throughout her life.

      Though Betty was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Betty was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Betty worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Betty was raised with 5 siblings. She had two brothers, Don and Dexter, and three sisters, Fran, Karen, and Lynn. Betty and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      For Betty, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Betty was also adept at details. Betty was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1957. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was typing.

      Betty was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Betty cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On May 31, 1958 Betty married Betty Jo Casto at South East Church of the Nazerene of Charleston, WV. Compassionate and devoted, Betty worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Betty and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Betty was blessed with three, one daughter, Beverly and two sons, Bart and Brian. They were also blessed with eight, Jeremy, Jason, Heather, Brittany, Stephanie, Courtney, Kara, and Brad. Betty was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Betty was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Betty would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Betty, and she expected the same from those around her. Betty was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Betty was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Betty handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was a secretary. She was employed for 21 years at the West Virginia State Health Statistic Office. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      A methodical woman, Betty enjoyed spending time working on her various hobbies. She had no problem following all of the steps and instructions on a given project and was proud of the fact that she could have something to show for her efforts. Her favorite pursuits were camping, fishing, going to yard sale.

      Betty was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Betty was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Betty also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were Nascar, watching football games with her husband.

     Her high moral standards and traditional values served Betty well with her faith. Religion and faith were important to her. She was a former member of Keystone Apostolic Church for 25 years and a current member of the North Charleston Apostolic Church for 4 years. During that time, she was the church secretary and a Sunday school teacher. She was well respected because she was such an outgoing individual who sought to help in any manner she could.

      A generous and compassionate woman, Betty accomplished much during her lifetime. Though she never set out to gain individual recognition, Betty was recognized and given awards for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. One of her best achievements wa getting baptized in Jesus name on March 5, 1961 and received the gift of the Holy Ghost on September 16, 1961.

      Not only did Betty enjoy traveling, but she also seemed to enjoy planning all of those trips and vacations. She was a facilitator who could easily make up a near perfect schedule of all of the things to do and see. She rarely tired of going back and revisiting her favorite places. Favorite vacations included camping every summer with her family.

      Betty was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Brandie, an Australian Shepherd, who was a best friend for 12 years.

      Since it was easy for Betty to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Betty was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2000. In retirement, she found pleasure in spending time with her husband and family. Even in retirement, Betty stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Betty passed away on March 25, 2019 at at her home in Elkview, WV. She had dementia, CVA, and AFib. She is survived by her husband Burley, her children Beverly (Rick) Fox, Bart (Cindy) Berry, and Brian (Tammy) Berry, her eight grandchildren, and her six great grandchildren. Services were held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. Betty was laid to rest in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

      Betty was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Betty was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Betty Jo Berry.