BERRYHILL, HILDA “MONICA” passed away peacefully October 22, 2013 at the age of 98 years. She was born July 18, 1915 in Purple Springs, Alberta, near Taber. She married James Berryhill on November 9, 1935 in Taber, Alberta during the hard times of the depression. In 1939 they decided to move west and chose a farm on Rollings Lake Road in Lumby. The journey took 2 ½ days but arrived to a beautiful sight with green fields and an abundance of water. They mixed farming with logging and eventually started dairying. James passed away in 1976 and Monica stayed on the family farm with son Jim running the operation. Monica had a deep passion for family and treasured every moment spent with them. She moved into Saddle Mountain Retirement Home around 1992 and later transferred to Heron Grove Retirement Community in Vernon where she entertained the staff with her lively songs and quick wit until her final days.
Monica will be lovingly remembered by brothers: Gerald, Frank, and Tim Brewin, and sister Eleanor Wagner, all from Alberta; children: Hilda Driver, Jim Berryhill, and Patti Rydde; 21 grandchildren: Debbie Nutt, Kathy Simmons, Cindi Pulver, Valerie McNiven, Mike Leach, Daniel and Steve Mechalchuk, Cheri Stewart, Steve and Peter Marshall, Kathy Yamamoto, Susan Worthy Jarret, Aaron and Boyd Flaig, Shawn O’Neill, Chyle, Michelle and Brandon Rydde, Jamer Valerio, and Teana Berryhill; 49 great grandchildren; and 7 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husband Jim; daughters: Joan Berryhill, Francis Marshall, and Sharona Flaig; parents Rowland and Hilda Brewin; grandson Doug Mechalchuk; brothers: Alfred, Norman, Jack, and Rodney; and sister Marjorie Scott.
Her memorial service will be held at Pleasant Valley Funeral Chapel, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Fred Worthy will officiate. A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and caregivers at Heron Grove who filled her final days with outstanding care, comfort, and dignity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com