Manchester, MA — Patricia (Berry) Perry, 83, passed away on New Year's Day at Mass General Hospital, surrounded by family, following a brief illness. Patricia was the loving wife of the late Emory Perry, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage. Pat was the daughter of Gordon I. and Dorothy (Walker) Berry. She lived with her best friend, her cat, QuiQui, who was her closest companion during her last years of her life. Pat grew up in Medford, and began her professional singing career in high school.
She later earned the Red Cross Entertainer of the Year Award for her singing to hospitalized soldiers during the Korean War. After moving to Manchester with her husband, Emory, she founded a women’s singing group, the Harmonettes, which she directed for 24 years. Pat was passionate about performing and with the Harmonettes and with other local performers they put on several plays, including Meeting House Mutiny and Holy Hannah. Patricia became involved in the Cape Anne Theatre and High Moon Murder Mystery Productions doing improvisational theater, which at one point had her performing on the Queen Elizabeth II on a trip to England. She ended her acting career portraying Mary Todd Lincoln in a one-woman monologue, which she performed in local schools and communities. Patricia was a loving wife and mother, caring friend, and adventurous woman, who enjoyed being involved in her community.
She was a woman with a strong faith, enjoying years as a soloist and choral director in Rockport Baptist Church, where she became a member and formed many friendships. She had a successful career working for Property Financial Services in the appraisal department. Patricia enjoyed a love of animals, entertaining family and friends with stories, and always loved a good party. She relished meeting new people, making new friends and spending time with old friends. In recent years, she looked forward to her weekly writing group and reading daily with her cat, QuiQui, on her lap.
Despite great discomfort, Pat displayed strength, wisdom and courage in her last days. She was an admirable woman in how she lived life to its fullest. She was always available to family and friends. She was a close confidante for many and she had many adopted children and grandchildren.
Pat is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Marcia Perry-Webster of Strafford, Vt.; daughter and son-in-law, Leslie and Ron Brennan of Beverly; four grandchildren, Lindsay, Audrey, Moriah, and Lorna; two great-grandchildren, Emma Rose and Nya; two sisters, Karen Park and Marilyn DeTeso; two brothers-in-law, Bill Park and Hilton Perry; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be held at the First Parish Church, 10 Central St., Manchester, on Thursday, January 9, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours will be at Campbell–Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, North Beverly location, on Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Manchester. As Pat was an avid animal lover, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to Cape Anne Animal Aid Association, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930, or Pawsitive Connections at Senior Care, 49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930. Information, donations, and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.