Dana Kay Barton Berry
On the afternoon of Aug. 8, Dana passed away at her beloved home in Langley, with her husband by her side.
Dana was born Sept. 27, 1939, in Schenectady, N.Y. She was the first child and first daughter of Richard Burton Barton and Louise Claire Vandenbergh Barton.
A graduate of California High School, in Whittier, Calif., class of 1957, she attended the University of California at Davis and graduated from UCLA in the field of fine arts. She married Thomas Bigelow Berry, whom she originally met in the eighth grade, on June 23, 1963 in Whittier Calif., at the Plymouth Congregational Church. Dana and Tom lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Hacienda Heights, Calif., prior to 28 years in Bellevue, raising their two children.
Dana joined Puget Power Company (now Puget Sound Energy) in 1980 as a purchasing clerk and rose to the position of senior purchasing agent. Dana retired in 2000. In 2003, Dana and Tom moved to Langley into her dream house in the woods, what Dana referred to as “The Berry Patch.” She spent much of her time at her sewing machine making curtains and creating fantastic quilts. She and Tom took many trips, including to Scotland, England, Greece, Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico as well as many trips in their travel trailer across the U.S. and Canada. Her favorite trip was to Sisters, Ore., each July for the “Quilters’ Affair” to learn and share with many other quilters in attendance. An artist at heart, Dana enjoyed creating quilts for family, friends and charity.
Dana was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Barton and Louise Barton. Dana is survived by her husband of 52 Years, Thomas Berry; her son, Thomas Berry, daughter-in-law, Donna Berry and granddaughters, Emily and Jessica of Sonora, Calif.; daughter, Carole Ivers and son-in-law Scott Ivers of Bellevue; brother, Richard Barton and sister-in-law Ruth Barton of Maryville, Tenn.; and sister Susan Wuerer and brother-in-law Joe Wuerer of Huntington Beach, Calif. A private celebration of Dana’s life will be held at their home in Langley in September.
The family sends thanks to the doctors and staff at Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Center and to Caroline and Zanita of Oak Harbor Visiting Angels.