Lenna Berry, the woman who many affectionately called Sam, was born in Benkelman, Nebraska on May 6, 1942, to Leonard and Elsie Gauger.
She was the eldest of three kids and as such, she often helped the family with farm work. Growing up, she went to a small one-room country school house located just a half mile from the family farm until the eighth grade. She then attended the Wauneta High School and was a majorette with the local school band and also received many awards as a member of the high school choir.
Lenna graduated from the McCook Beauty Academy, where she studied cosmetology. While in McCook, she met Marion Anderson, her future husband. In March of 1961, she married Marion and to this union was born two children, Dwight and April. She is now survived by her sisters Dianna and Patricia, two children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a niece and a nephew.
Lenna had a zest for life and she didn’t know a stranger. She was beloved by many for her kind nature and approachability. She had a sense of humor that could lighten up a room, despite the fact that it was usually at the expense of others.
In her spare time, she would read cookbooks like other might read novels. Lenna found many friends and pen pals through online game sites, but also loved to play card and board games. One of her more recent challenges was returning to her embroidery, knitting and bridging out by making necklaces to give as gifts to her family and for sale.
She entered her colored pictures in the county fair for judging and was proud to take away some of the highest ribbons in her category. While she was a resident in Parkview and Wheatland Nursing Center, she enjoyed attending the weekly church services, being a guest hostess for children’s programs and participation in various activities.
She was a lover of nature and she enjoyed watching the birds and rabbits wander by her window.
In the end, she left us just as she had lived her life; talking, joking and laughing. We will all miss her, our mom, grandma, sister, aunt and our friend.
Although she lived a truly remarkable 76 years of life, Heaven is truly a brighter and much livelier place now that she’s there.