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Mary Lucille Mugg Berry, 84, of Callaway died Nov. 29, 2012, at her residence.
Born Feb. 3, 1928, in California, she was one of three children born to the late James Shephard and Mary Agnes Kane Mugg. She was educated in St. Mary's County public schools.
On Aug. 4, 1945, she married James Turner Berry. He preceded her in death. The couple was blessed with eight children.
She began her employment in 1953 at the Navy Exchange laundry at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where she worked for 32 years, retiring in 1985. After retirement, she worked part time at the Lexington Park Dry Cleaners, where she stayed until 1989.
She was a devoted Christian and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and Holy Face Catholic Church and had recently joined First Missionary Baptist Church in Lexington Park, under the leadership of the Rev. Roderick McClanahan.
She enjoyed life to the fullest and was a stylish lady who loved everyone. She enjoyed decorating, shopping, talking on the telephone, watching the Washington Redskins and family gatherings, where she showed off her cooking skills. She had a lovely and contagious smile. You could always find her reading her daily devotions. Her famous saying was “All I want to do is get to heaven.”
She is survived by her children, Vera D. Fenwick of Forestville, Agnes Moore of Lexington Park, Phyllis Smith (Dwight) of California, Charles Berry (Marie) of Great Mills, Cheryl Casteel of Bowie, Troy Berry (Angela) of Waldorf, LaVaughn A. Berry of Charlotte, S.C., Gail Hall (Nathan) of Upper Marlboro and Kenneth and Anthony Thompson of Lexington Park; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Catherine Kane of Hollywood; sisters-in-law, Carrie Miles, Patty Mugg and Julia Berry; brother-in-law, Wallace Berry (Genevieve); goddaughter, Joyce Herbert; two sons and a daughter she called her own, Josh Baldwin, Frank Dyson and Catherine Herndon; several devoted friends, Yvonne Maddox, Dorothy Thomas, Gloria Robinson, Estelle Thompson and Catherine Price; a devoted daughter-in-law, Barbara Berry; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James Levi Berry; a grandson, Tony Berry; and a brother, John Mugg.
The family will receive friends Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Gospel Tabernacle of Prayer Church in Clements. Interment will follow at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown.
Arrangements are being handled by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.