Lasting Memories

Mary Ruth Berrett
Aug. 24, 1925-Aug. 29, 2013
Menlo Park, California

Mary Ruth Berrett, a lifelong resident of California, died peacefully at home on August 29, 2013, after waging a courageous battle against cancer.

She was born August 24, 1925, in Santa Cruz, the daughter of Malcolm Samuel and Ruth Wilson Freeman. Her one sibling, Reed, preceded her in death.

Mary graduated from the College of San Mateo. She met Stanford Law student John Richard "Jack" Berrett while living in Palo Alto. Mary and Jack were married in 1948, and after making their home for a short time in Sacramento, they moved to Menlo Park. Mary's beloved Jack passed away in 2004 while they were vacationing on a cruise.

Mary served her community for many years through volunteer work at resale shops, including the Menerton Shop (where she was shop manager), Treasures, and the Bargain Box. She was a member of the Menertons and the Atherlons, and cherished the many friends she met through these organizations. Mary delighted in her home, where she had lived for 60 years. She enjoyed travel, reading, music, and gardening, and she participated in Jazzercize for more than 30 years.

Mary had a sweet and loving disposition, and was truly young at heart. She was devoted to her family and is dearly missed by her children, Judith, of Bellevue, Washington, and Richard, of Menlo Park.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave.

Remembrances are suggested to Pathways Hospice, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085. http://www.pathwayshealth.org/foundation/contribute/donate-online.html

From Claudia Benike
Sept. 6, 2013

I too Jazzercised with Mary for many years. I always looked forward to seeing her in class, getting a hug and hearing her stories. What a love! What a loss.

From Meredith Ozbil
Sept. 5, 2013

Mary attended my Jazzercise class, I am so grateful to have known her. We danced together from Michael Jackson thru Lady Gaga and everyone in between. We often talked of our families and I know she loved her children very much. She was an amazing inspiration, a lovely soul, and my mentor of gratitude. She is a Legacy to those of us at jazzercise in Menlo Park and always said "never stop moving." I should be so lucky to jazzercise well into my 80's, what a wonderful gift! I love you Mary!