In memory of
Katrina "Katie" Beery
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In memory of
Katrina "Katie" Beery
Beery, Katrina "Katie" Katrina "Katie" Frances Mott Beery, 91, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died peacefully, at home on June 14, 2021. Katie's family and faith were the center of her life. She and her husband, the Rev. Eldon F. Beery, had three children, Debra, Ellyn, and David. They served congregations, many of which were undergoing significant transitions, in Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Michigan during more than seventy years of marriage. Most recently, she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor. Katie and Eldon enjoyed making genealogical discoveries, international travel, especially to ancestral homelands in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and collecting and refinishing antiques. Katie was especially proud of her children, all of whom are in the practice of psychology and Elders in their churches. Katie also worked as a second-grade school teacher, Sunday school teacher, church organist, and church office manager, often working side-by-side with Eldon in his role as minister. Katie's charitable and religious affiliations included being honored as a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women, and member of the DAR, PEO, and Northville Women's Club. Those who knew her admired her, particularly for her grace, kindness, and curiosity. She never stopped learning or using what she learned to care for others. Katie was born on August 8, 1929, in Memphis, TN, the youngest of four children of Carl Mott, a contractor who served in WWI, and Elva June Briggs Mott, a normal school graduate and homemaker. Both of Katie's brothers served in World War II: Cyril in Europe and Norman in the Pacific. Her sister Shirley was a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Katie's earliest childhood memories were of attending St. Luke Methodist Church, beginning with the Cradle Room Class, of being a Chickasaw buddy (local baseball team supporter), and of picnics with the family (sometimes including the roasting of a whole pig). She also fondly recalled taking the bus to downtown Memphis with her mother, whom Katie always considered a close friend, on Saturdays to shop and eat lunch. Following graduation from Messick High School as valedictorian, Katie attended the University of Mississippi. After one year at Ole Miss, she transferred to the University of Memphis, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in history, graduating in three years as class salutatorian. She was the only woman in a class which was heavily populated by returning GIs. She recalled her professor's surprise when he called for "Mr. Mott" and heard "her" voice in reply. At Memphis, Katie met Eldon Beery, fell in love, and married him on September 1, 1950. In addition to her husband Eldon and their children Debra (John Hull), Ellyn (Bruce Plackowski), and David (Kathleen Beery), Katie is survived by six grandchildren David, Amy, Katrina, Emily, Sarah, and Paul; eight great-grandchildren: Magdalena, Naomi, Eloise, Asher, Myka, Eli, Lily, and Mia; nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sister. A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor on July 31 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a coffee hour on the church lawn. Memorial gifts may be made to the Beery Endowment Fund of the Resident Ministry Program at the church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.
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1432 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
In memory of
Katrina "Katie" Beery
Beery, Katrina "Katie" Katrina "Katie" Frances Mott Beery, 91, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died peacefully, at home on June 14, 2021. Katie's family and faith were the center of her life. She and her husband, the Rev. Eldon F. Beery, had three children, Debra, Ellyn, and David. They served congregations, many of which were undergoing significant transitions, in Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Michigan during more than seventy years of marriage. Most recently, she was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor. Katie and Eldon enjoyed making genealogical discoveries, international travel, especially to ancestral homelands in the Netherlands and Switzerland, and collecting and refinishing antiques. Katie was especially proud of her children, all of whom are in the practice of psychology and Elders in their churches. Katie also worked as a second-grade school teacher, Sunday school teacher, church organist, and church office manager, often working side-by-side with Eldon in his role as minister. Katie's charitable and religious affiliations included being honored as a lifetime member of Presbyterian Women, and member of the DAR, PEO, and Northville Women's Club. Those who knew her admired her, particularly for her grace, kindness, and curiosity. She never stopped learning or using what she learned to care for others. Katie was born on August 8, 1929, in Memphis, TN, the youngest of four children of Carl Mott, a contractor who served in WWI, and Elva June Briggs Mott, a normal school graduate and homemaker. Both of Katie's brothers served in World War II: Cyril in Europe and Norman in the Pacific. Her sister Shirley was a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. Katie's earliest childhood memories were of attending St. Luke Methodist Church, beginning with the Cradle Room Class, of being a Chickasaw buddy (local baseball team supporter), and of picnics with the family (sometimes including the roasting of a whole pig). She also fondly recalled taking the bus to downtown Memphis with her mother, whom Katie always considered a close friend, on Saturdays to shop and eat lunch. Following graduation from Messick High School as valedictorian, Katie attended the University of Mississippi. After one year at Ole Miss, she transferred to the University of Memphis, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a minor in history, graduating in three years as class salutatorian. She was the only woman in a class which was heavily populated by returning GIs. She recalled her professor's surprise when he called for "Mr. Mott" and heard "her" voice in reply. At Memphis, Katie met Eldon Beery, fell in love, and married him on September 1, 1950. In addition to her husband Eldon and their children Debra (John Hull), Ellyn (Bruce Plackowski), and David (Kathleen Beery), Katie is survived by six grandchildren David, Amy, Katrina, Emily, Sarah, and Paul; eight great-grandchildren: Magdalena, Naomi, Eloise, Asher, Myka, Eli, Lily, and Mia; nieces, nephews, cousins; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers and sister. A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor on July 31 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a coffee hour on the church lawn. Memorial gifts may be made to the Beery Endowment Fund of the Resident Ministry Program at the church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104.
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1432 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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