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Mary Lois Shepherd DeBerry
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1913
Dallas County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 2012

Mary Lois Shepherd DeBerry
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012 6:44 pm

Mary Lois Shepherd DeBerry, 99, of Gonzales, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

She was born March 28, 1913, in Dallas, to Thomas James Shepherd and Albertine Grasse Shepherd. She married William Thomas DeBerry on May 23, 1931, in Gonzales, and together they enjoyed 66 years of marriage.

Mary Lois DeBerry was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and Reaper's Sunday school class. She was an excellent cook and baker, and her family rejoiced whenever she served her fried chicken or plated her delicious cinnamon rolls or chocolate toast. She was a loving mother who understood there was a time for chores to be completed, a time for discipline, but time was best spent with love. She was a very independent lady and liked to be in control so things would get done her way, which, of course, was the right way.

Mary Lois DeBerry much preferred cloudy, rainy days over sunny days, quite possibly because of the freshness of the air after a rain or the sound of the rain on the roof as she sat sewing and embroidering, one of her favorite pastimes. She had hand sewn and embroidered Christmas stockings for all her children and grandchildren. She passed the time playing 42 and 88 domino games and, at any given moment, was quick to "cut-up" with family and friends, which was always followed by a wink and a smile. She loved to watch baseball, and was known to be an excellent shot with a .22 caliber rifle. A few of her grandchildren can attest to a guinea and an armadillo that didn't escape from her gun sight.

Nan, as she was known to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, was loved dearly. She babysat some of her grandchildren and she delighted in cooking for them on their visits, and she always sent cookies home with them with a wink and a hug.

Mary Lois DeBerry is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Dorothy and Billy Yager of San Marcos, and Shirley and Dr. H.D. McCarty of Fayetteville, Ark.; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Barbara DeBerry of Gonzales; daughter-in-law Judy DeBerry of Austin; sisters Ruth Jackson of Gonzales and Laurie Nipper of Dallas; grandchildren Michelle Braden, Lori McDonald, Larry Yager, John Yager, Cindy Hubert, Tom DeBerry, Karen Anderson, Kevin McCarty, Christi Leinart and Quink DeBerry; 19 great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son David Wayne DeBerry, brothers Morgan Shepherd and Zelman Shepherd, and sister Elsie Cooksey.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home with Dr. H.D. McCarty and Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Denton Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family received friends Saturday in the Seydler-Hill Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 54, Gonzales 78629 or the Denton Creek Cemetery Association, 105 CR 491, Gonzales 78629. Services were under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.
Family links: 
  Thomas James Shepherd (1882 - 1955)
  Albertine Grasse Shepherd (1891 - 1959)
  William T DeBerry (1907 - 1997)*
  David Wayne DeBerry (1946 - 2008)*
  Zilmon L. Shepherd (1909 - 1917)*
  Elsie Irene Shepherd Cooksey (1911 - 2008)*
  Mary Lois Shepherd DeBerry (1913 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Denton Creek Cemetery
Gonzales County
Texas, USA
Created by: Cindy S Munson
Record added: Sep 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96940691
Mary Lois <i>Shepherd</i> DeBerry
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