Helen Berry

Helen Berry

Sunday, March 26th, 1933 Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

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Obituary for Helen J. Berry

Helen J. Berry, 87, of Chambersburg, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Born March 26, 1933 in Chambersburg, she was a daughter of the late Curtis R. and Marion Lovett Purvis. Her beloved husband James R. Berry, preceded her in death in 2009.

Helen was a 1953 graduate of the former Chambersburg High School. She was employed as an LPN for 38 years at the Chambersburg Hospital until her retirement and later as an LPN at Menno Haven. She was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and enjoyed her fellowship with her church family. Helen also enjoyed collecting dolls, teapots, baskets, and decorating her home.

She is survived by five children, Deborah Caution of FL, Dawna Campbell of Chambersburg, Dr. Curtis Berry and wife Linda of Chambersburg, Russell Berry of Chambersburg, and Dodie Ruiz of Chambersburg; six grandchildren, Boyd Campbell III, Christopher Berry and wife Megan Grove, Alicia Shelly and husband John, Joshua Berry, Benjamin Berry and wife Cijianna and Zane Ruiz; two great grandchildren, Camden and Aliyah Shelly; and one sister, Virginia Purvis of Chambersburg. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was preceded in death by four brothers, Donald, Ralph, Eugene and Curtis Purvis, Jr.; and one sister, Alice Quivers.

Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg, PA. Interment will be in Lebanon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the American Cancer Society, Condolences may be offered on her Book of Memories page at

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    Lebanon Cemetery
    Lincoln Way West
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June Purvis

Dear Berry & Purvis Family,
We were very sorry to hear of passing of Aunt Mebe. And while she will be missed here on the earth, we can take comfort in God's promise that death has no victory here & that she is back with the Creator, her parents, brothers, and sister.

I have fond memories of when Aunt Mebe would babysit Gene and I at her house on hill, and when she would come out to Brownsville to visit. She and Dad (Eugene/Pete) always had a good time joking around, laughing & telling "stories". She frequently left with some plants/flowers from the yard...especially peonies & the more rare yucca plants, which Dad really disliked digging up as they were quite hardy. But for his sister Mebe, it was a small task as he credited her & Grandma Marion with helping him get through the war in Korea (by letter exchange).

I fondly cherish a Winnie the Pooh bear that she got for me back in the late 60s at a shop in Caledonia. Family, we pray that the Lord gives you comfort & peace during this difficult time. And please remember, what was taken away IS RESTORED again.

"If there comes a time we cannot be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever". ~ Winnie the Pooh

June, Phylllis, Gene, & Jamie Purvis
Comment | Posted at 01:17am via Condolence

Joe Bowman

I worked with Helen at the hospital. She was a joy to work with and be around! Until we meet again. God bless you Helen and your family!
Comment | Posted at 02:08pm via Condolence

Patricia Gouldng

I worked with Helen when I was Head Nurse on 5th floor at the Chambersburg Hospital. She was very good as an LPN , nice to the patients and loved her work.I am so sorry to hear her passing.
Comment | Posted at 01:46pm via Condolence


Helen, I cherish now evermore all the memories of our many adventures traveling all over from within this state and outside it. I remember fondly our trip to Charleston, Virginia and all the little trips we took. You welcomed me with open arms when I first got to the states and you from then on held and will always a special place in my heart - until we meet again Helen , Love Lilo
Comment | Posted at 11:12am via Condolence


1 Corinthians 15:55
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; and it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:17-18
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Revelation 21:4
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

I miss you Aunt Mebe and what was but I believe that we all will meet again and look forward to that day - until then rest and do so in peace, love always, Dee - all Glory be to God - In Jesus’s name - Amen
Comment | Posted at 10:58am via Condolence

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