Evelyn "Jean" Berk, 83, a lifetime Sunnyside resident, was called to her heavenly home on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
Jean was born Sept. 5, 1929 in Sunnyside, the daughter of Hugh and Daisy (Simpson) Smith.
Jean attended school in Sunnyside until her senior year, graduating from Pasco High School. After graduation, Jean, along with her parents and sister, Jeannette, returned to Sunnyside, where she lived the remainder of her life.
Jean and Delbert were married March 30, 1948. Unto their marriage three sons were born.
Jean was a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church. She taught young children's Sunday school, Bible school and helped at church camp. She was also a member of the Women's Missionary Council and leader of the girl's Sisterhood of Mary and Martha Club for many years.
She and Delbert operated the Berk Milling Co. in Sunnyside, while also being a mother and homemaker enjoying canning and drying fruit for all to enjoy.
Jean enjoyed continued friendships with her school girlfriends and church ladies, anticipating luncheons with much conversation. How she loved to visit with friends and family.
She moved to Sun Terrace Assisted Living in 2009, where she rekindled old friendships and made more dear friends.
Jean loved trivia and history of all kinds, whether it was about places, events or people. If you ever had a question regarding something, all you had to do was ask the "Answer Lady." She also loved to find that "Special Treasure," going to yard sales with her sister-in-law. Her famous words were, "surely someone might need this someday." Jean was known as "The Quilt Lady" having made the famous and much coveted "Auntie Jean" quilts, enjoyed by numerous family members and friends.
Jean is survived by her husband of nearly 65 years, Delbert; sons, Rick (Kathy) Berk, Mike (Debbie) Berk and Brad Berk, all of Sunnyside; five grandchildren, Austin (Heidi) Berk and their children, Brendan and Kadence; Chris Berk, Andy Berk, Garrett (Jessica) Berk, Monte (Mandii) Fuller and their children, Hannah, Gracie and Wyatt; her sister, Jeannette (Bob) Whited; and nieces, Karen Spiker, Cathy Fanning, Barb Warren and Jeannie Fitzpatrick and their families; and dearly loved members of the "Berk Clan."
Jean was the perfect example of kindness and loving with a positive attitude and always a kind word. We thank you, mom, for your teachings and you will be greatly missed.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Sun Terrace Assisted Living for their care, and most recently to Lower Valley Hospice.
Viewing and visitation will be held today, Jan. 7, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, followed by a memorial service celebrating Jean's life at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Memorials may be made to Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church.
Those wishing to sign Jean's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home Ltd and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.