Janet Robertson Berry
Funeral Date: 4/12/2017

Obituary:
Janet Robertson Berry of Cape Girardeau, Missouri passed away April 7, 2017 at Southeast Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer for several years. Janet is the third of three daughters born to James Henry and Helen Robertson of Warren (Bradley County) Arkansas. The Robertsons were fifth generation dairy farmers. Janet graduated from Warren High School in 1977, where she was widely known for her love of music. She loved to play piano and sing in several choirs, madrigals, and ensembles. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Warren until she left to attend college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She and Daniel (Dan) Berry also of Warren began their courtship at OBU and married in 1980 at First Baptist, Warren. During the summers both worked at the local tomato chain, where Southeast Arkansas is famously known as “The Pink Tomato Capital of the World.” Janet received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas with a major in special education and speech therapy. Her first teaching job was at Walnut Valley Christian Academy in Little Rock where she established the first resource room dedicated to children with special needs. She also held teaching positions at Longpoint Baptist School in Houston, Texas; Van Elementary in Van, Texas; Lake Hamilton Elementary in Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Scott City Elementary in Scott City, Missouri where she completed her last teaching appointment before embarking on her ultimate life calling as one of the first Journey Guides at the SoutheastHEALTH Cancer Center in Cape Girardeau. As a journey guide Janet assisted many patients through their cancer treatment experience, providing encouragement and helping ensure that patients and their families continued to live life to their fullest potential while undergoing treatment. She retired in 2016 to pursue her greatest joy as “Nana” to her granddaughter Emily Grace Berry who had just arrived. Janet is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dan Berry, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; son Daniel Berry, Krista Berry, and grandaughter Emily Grace Berry of Jackson, Missouri; son David Berry and Alexa Peetz of St. Louis; daughter Rachel Berry and Scott Miller of Columbia, South Carolina; sister Rebecca and Mac Rochelle of Little Rock, Arkansas; Nephew Jeff and Cindy Rochelle of Maumelle, Arkansas; her lifelong close and special friend and college roommate Terri Holman of Little Rock, Arkansas; and three elderly rescue dogs Daisy, Duke, and Stubby her loyal canine companions who watched over her during televised Cardinal games. Janet is predeceased by her parents, an infant brother, sister Nancy Robertson Sparks, and niece Amanda Rochelle. Graveside service and burial was held 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 12th at the Robertson Family Plot at Oakland Cemetery in Warren, Arkansas officiated by Rev. Ruffin Snow, Janet’s cousin, for whom Janet served as flower girl in his marriage to Melissa Carter. Active pallbearers were John Durmon, Melvin Mills, James Wright, Joel Tollfree, Ricky Banks, and Scott Richardson. A public memorial service will be held Saturday, April 15 at 3:00 PM at the SoutheastHEALTH Cancer Center, 789 South Mount Auburn Road in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Online guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com

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Name: Louan Reep Butts
Message: Dan, we are so sorry to about the death of Janet. Please know you and your family are in our prayers . Nell Reep and Louan

Name: Emily Lasiter
Message: I knew Janet from choir at Warren High School. She was so gifted. I didnt know her real well but what I did know about her made me have so much respect for her. She was a beautiful (inside and out) person who Warren AR can be proud of. You and your family are in my prayers

Name: Scott and Cindy Strauss
Message: Dan, our heart breaks for you. Janet was a wonderful woman. You and your family are all in our prayers.

Name: Tonya Sparks
Message: Dan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Name: Becky/Jim Atwood
Message: Janet was a beacon of light and calm in the overwhelming world of my chemo. We will always remember her kindness and laughter that made those difficult days so much easier. Her legacy of gently hope lives. We will truly miss her.

Name: Mike Berrry
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Name: Vickie Bowman
Message: So sorry for your loss. Janet was my journey guide when I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. Janet had a sweet kind and caring personality . We had many talks together encouraging each other . I will never forget she knew that I was having a very rough time and she left something for me to give me encouragement when I was getting ready to have another treatment . We would see each other now and then at the hair salon and she always would give a kind word. I feel blessed that our paths crossed. My God give her family strength during this difficult time .

Name: Michael Outlaw
Message: Dan and family, my heart breaks for you during this difficult time. Janet was a great friend during our high school years. I know she will be missed by so many. May God wrap His loving arms around your family and give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. RO

Name: Barbara Hodges Higgins
Message: Such a sweet girl, remember her vividly from First Baptist Church in Warren and watched her grow up. Prayers to Dan and Rebecca and all the family.

Name: Holly Godwin
Message: I am so sorry for your loss. I met Janet while attending the Turning Point support group. She was a lovely, kind lady. I know she helped many people during her time as a guide at the Cancer Center. Again, I am very sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady.

Name: Charles Landers
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Name: Sandy Ballentine Gavin
Message: Janet was a good friend in school and I wish we had stayed in touch through the years. My prayers are for comfort and peace for your family.

Name: david and Mary westrich
Message: Dan and Family, Our David played soccer with your David. Janet was so so kind to me every time I saw her on the ball fields. You have a lovely family.. I can still see them now when they were young. We will keep you in our prayers.

Name: Patti and Donnie Bryant
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Name: Liliana Visscher
Message: Dan and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you today as Billy and I and family remember Janet. She had a special warmth and positive spirit that will stay in our hearts forever. Annette would say how she made her feel like part of your family when she was around her and I will always remember the close moments she and I shared. Indeed a special lady.....With loving thoughts from all of us.

Name: Kevin and Janet Stewart
Message: Prayers for comfort during this time of loss.

Name: Kevin and Janet Stewart
Message: Prayers for comfort during this time of loss.

Name: Patti Miinch
Message: Dan and family, I was so sorry to hear of Janet passing. Connected primarily through kids activities, I knew Janet to always be a loving, fun-loving woman who loved her family dearly and who loved and lived life to the fullest. Prayers for all of you as you mourn her loss.

Name: Vikki and Dave Courvoiser
Message: Our hearts break for you and your sweet family, Dan. When I think of Janet, I think of her being the perfect hostess...making sure everyone was at ease and enjoying themselves.She touched many lives, and always had a word of encouragement.Will be praying for strength and comfort to endure this huge loss. Much love to you all.

Name: Lorrie Thomason Davis
Message: Dan so sorry to hear about Janet. I went to school with her. She was a wonderful, sweet spirit. Prayers for your family

Name: David and Marlene Kirk
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Name: David and Marlene Kirk
Message: Dan, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Janet was always such a kind and caring person. Please give our deepest condolences to your family. May God be with you.