Jean Lockhart Berry Gilbert, 83, died Friday September 20, 2013 at her home in Raton, NM.
Jean was born March 17, 1930 to Andrew and Marion Lockhart. As the second oldest and only girl, she was raised with 4 brothers in Pennington, NM and then Maxwell, NM, before moving to Raton. She spent a year at NMSU in Las Cruces, NM and married Pat Berry on April 12, 1950, at St Patrick’s Church in Raton. They ranched on Johnson Mesa and raised 7 children. After Pat’s death in 1988, Jean married Harold Gilbert and moved to Clayton, NM, the area of her up-bringing. She and Harold resided there until his death in 2003, when she moved back to Raton. Jean was a bookkeeper for many years in Raton. She was an active member of the extension clubs in Raton and in Clayton, NM, and a member of the Johnson Mesa Church Association. She also was an active member of the Raton Rodeo Association until shortly before her death. Jean was a 4-H leader and Boy Scout leader for many years and enjoyed working with the youth, and with her hands. She was seldom idle, as she always had a sewing, knitting, craft, or refinishing project in the works.
She was preceded in death by her partents, husband Pat Berry and second husband Harold Gilbert, infant son, Richard, son, Donald Berry, grandson, Christopher Berry, brother, Roy Snead Lockhart, brother-in-laws, Kenneth Berry, and George Myers, sister-in-law Catherine Berry Atwater and husband Johnny Atwater.
Survivors include sons: Mike and Cristine Berry of Maxwell, NM, Ed and Miriam Berry of Yuma, CO, Frank and Kathy Berry of Missoula, MT, Walter Berry of Bushland, TX, daughter-in-law, Diane Berry of Raton, NM, daughters: Diane and Tim Owen of Raton, NM, Mary Jean and Charley Jones of Sunray TX, and step-daughter, Bonnie and Tim Donnelly of Grenville, NM. She is also survived by brothers: Walter and Patricia Lockhart of Aztec, NM, Dick and Phyllis Lockhart of Cortez, and Jim and Georgina Lockhart of Albuquerque, NM, brother-in laws Frank and Shirley Berry of Torrington WY, Jim Berry of Surprise AZ, sister-in laws, Jeannie Myers, Eleanor Krusi and Janet Berry of Raton and JoEllen Berry of Globe AZ, 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and many dear friends.
Family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Johnson Mesa Church Association, 263 Francis Ave, Raton, NM 87740 or St Patrick-St Joseph’s Church, 104 Buena Vista St, Raton NM 87740, or the charity of choice.
Visitation will be Thursday September 26, 2013 from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Thursday at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton Mass of the Resurrection will be Friday September 27, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Jean Lockhart Berry Gilbert are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton