On April 1, 2012, the Lord called Margie Elaine Berry “Nanny” home at the age of 92. Margie had recently moved to Durango with her daughter, Anita Berry, from Denton, Texas, where she lived her entire 92 years. For the last several years, Margie spent a few months out of the year in Pagosa Springs with her granddaughter, Rhonda (Larry) Ash. She moved to Durango to be permanently close to her granddaughter, Rhonda, great-grandson Brad (Janae) Ash and great-great-grandson Rylan Ash in Pagosa Springs, and live next to her great-granddaughter Andrea (Dan) Berghoff, and her great-great-grandson Kian Berghoff in Durango.
Margie was indeed a very loving, wonderful, inspiring woman, who had an enormous amount of wisdom, knowledge and life experience to share with each of us — everybody called her Nanny, no exceptions. She was born on Dec. 8, 1919, to Samuel Laffayette Reynolds and Cynthia Ann Smith in Roanoke, Texas, at home. She attended schools in Roanoke for her first year of school. After that, she attended Robert E. Lee in Denton for the rest of her elementary, junior high and high school years. She then attended TWU in Denton and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and later a master’s degree in special education. In all total, she taught 34 years before her retirement. She taught for 30 years in the second grade at Jefferson Davis Elementary in Denton. Her great-granddaughter, Andrea, followed in her footsteps and taught third grade at Pagosa Elementary School and is currently a teacher at Park Elementary in Durango.
Margie “Nanny” lived a long, loving and eventful life. She lived for the happiness of all — her husband, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. We all, in turn, were blessed to have been part of the life of a woman who cannot be replaced and will be missed by each of us. God allowed us to be with her for many of those 92 years and we are all better people having known her. We know she enjoyed being part of a large extended family and being part of the action. She is survived by two sisters, three children, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. We have no doubt she enjoyed a very personal relationship with her Savior — Jesus Christ. We look forward to seeing her again one day. She will be laid to rest next to her loving husband in Denton, Texas.
Margie had written in a Bible some of her requests after her passing. One of the requests was to have donations made to the Ruby M. Sisson Library in Pagosa Springs for children’s books in her honor.