Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA


Jennifer Kari Daise Berry

May 27, 1982July 30, 2020

Jennifer Kari Daise Berry, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and established Harrisonburg resident, suddenly passed away at the age of 38 on Thursday morning, July 30th, 2020 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg due to health complications unrelated to covid-19.

Jennifer was born on May 27th, 1982 in Clinton, MD.

She developed a love for music and musical theater at St. Andrew’s School that led her to the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance in 2004.

While at Eastman, Jennifer met her husband, David Berry. Bound by a mutual love of music and their Christian faith, the two married on June 11, 2005. Together they had two sons, David and Joshua.

While pursuing a career in music education, she discovered her passion for early childhood education and ultimately switched programs, receiving a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2007. Jennifer began her career as an elementary school teacher at The Calhoun School where she taught for ten years. In 2017, she joined the Harrisonburg community to teach Kindergarten at Stone Spring Elementary.

Jennifer was known for her beautiful singing voice, devotion to children, loving and kind spirit, ready smile, relentless optimism, and selfless attitude.

Jennifer is survived by her husband, Dr. David E. Berry, III, and two sons, David E. Berry, IV and Joshua T. Berry. Her surviving parents are Aminese and Stanley Daise. Surviving siblings include Celeste Wheeler and her husband, Alusheyi, John Daise and his wife, Sophia, and David Daise. Surviving parents-in-law are Rev. David E. Berry Jr. and Sharon Berry. Surviving sisters-in-law include Candace Byrd and her husband, Aaron, and Danielle Berry. Surviving nieces and nephews include Nora, Ava, and James Wheeler, and Micah Byrd.

An open-casket, public visitation will be held (with masks) at Lindsey Funeral Homes & Crematory on 473 South Main Street from 12 to 5 PM on Friday, August 7th, 2020 with an opportunity to leave cards and messages for the family who will not be in attendance for COVID-19 public health reasons.

The Burial and Memorial Service will be private. We will be having a celebration of life service honoring Jennifer at an as yet undetermined time in the future.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the Jennifer Daise Berry Compassionate Support Fund online at: Gofundme.com/f/jennifer-daise-berry-compassionate-support-fund.



  • Family & Friends May Pay Their Respects

    Friday, August 7, 2020


  • Burial will be Private


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Heidi Horsley

August 6, 2020

Jennifer was my daughter’s elementary school teacher at the Calhoun School in NYC. Jennifer lit up a room with her energy and enthusiasm for life. Samantha loved going to school, as Jennifer created such a positive learning experience. Jennifer also had a great sense of humor and truly made a difference in my daughter’s life and my own. She left her imprint on the soul of the universe. Xoxo

gwendolyn Berry Bonner

August 5, 2020

Jennifer’s radiance lit the room when she entered. Her beautiful smile was infectious. An angel indeed. May God grant her eternal peace as she rests upon his bosom.

Amy Au

August 4, 2020

Jennifer has, and will always hold a special place in my heart. She was like my older sister in college - I loved sitting next to her with her black puffy jacket and pink scarf. When I was lost and confused in what to do after Eastman, she gave me the courage to apply for Teachers College and move to NYC. And that changed my life. She's left us too soon, but her light is so bright, it continues to shine ahead of us into the future. Love you and miss you. - Amy

Sharon Berry

August 3, 2020

Jennifer, the few times I met you, you were delightful. You are survived by a loving husband, and two wonderful children. That is a testament to the life you lived. Rest well, Queen. ‘To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord’. You will be missed, but we believe that you are with God in Eternity. Love and Peace.

Erline Germain

August 3, 2020

My dearest friend, we met when I was new and didn't know anyone. You made me feel welcome and accepted. I felt like I could talk to you about anything. Thank you for taking time to show me love, patience and kindness. I wish your family tremendous peace as you move on to higher realms.

May God Bless your Spirit.

Love always,
Erline Germain

Martha Thompson

August 3, 2020

Jennifer, you were loved by your family & extended family as well. Rest now with God.
Cousin Ruthie
Berry Family Extended

Dawn Gayhart

August 1, 2020

Jennifer, you made the world a loving place! We shared so many tears together, but we had even more laughs. I will miss the playground antics and the faces as we tried to get through meetings. You were my rock. I will miss your booming laugh that was so contagious and filled the room. I loved being a unicorn with you and will carry your philosophy of teaching with me...Love First, Teach Second and Let Them Play !

Kathleen Taylor

August 1, 2020

Jennifer was such a bright light at Stone Spring! She touched so many lives and cared deeply for each one of her students. Her laughter brought joy to many. I will miss her creativity, her passion, and her heart!
I will keep Jennifer in my heart as a model of how all teachers should feel about their students.
My prayers go out to her family. God bless.

Ron and Clara Auty

August 1, 2020

David and family, Jennifer was a velvet wrapped brick, the meekness Jesus talked about that will inherit the earth. I know you will miss her a lot. Praying for you to feel God's presence with you and wrapped around you. May Jesus walk alongside you in your grief and give you the comfort only those who mourn can receive.


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