Marie Berry, one of our life members, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the age of 94 at her Delaware retirement home. She was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers, the Weavers’ Roundtable and MAFA. Marie will be remembered as an excellent weaver with expertise in rug weaving. She was able to give valuable rug weaving advice to several of our members and presented programs for the guild on that subject. Not only was Marie a weaver but her talents included gardening, flower arranging and gourmet cooking. She volunteered at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown. She was very active in activities at her church.
Marie was the mother of 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a dear friend to so many.
On a personal note, Marie was a neighbor for many years and was my first weaving tutor. She was always ready to lend an ear and had a hand ready to help in any way she could. We shared experiences ranging from family celebrations, to weaving and shopping trips, MAFA and Convergence conferences, guild meetings and a few sad times. We researched many weaving techniques using books from our combined weaving libraries. She was a true friend who will never be far from my heart. We are all better for the relationships which she fostered.
-- By Barbara Diefenderfer