Sarah Elizabeth DeBerry, 96, daughter of John and Enola Miller Vandergriff, was born November 29, 1911, in rural Stoutland, Mo. She died Tuesday, February 5, 2008, in St. Benedict's Center, in St. Cloud, Minn.
On July 3, 1936, in Stoutland, Mo., she was united in marriage to Frank E. DeBerry, and to this union one daughter was born.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank, in 1982; a grandson, Patrick Lafferty; a brother, Oliver Vandergriff; and a sister, Colleen McCain.
Sarah is survived by her daughter, Jane "Jan" Zniewski, and her husband, Earl, St. Cloud, Minn.; two grandchildren, M. Sean Lafferty, and his wife, Karen, Minnetonka, Minn., and Meg Schuller, and her husband, Joe, Bertha, Minn.; five great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, and their spouses and children; and many other relatives and friends.
She was born and raised in the Stoutland, Mo. community and graduated from Stoutland High School. She later attended college in Bolivar, Mo. and Pittsburg, Kan. She taught school for eleven years in Missouri, first in a one room school of eight grades, and later in the early grades in Stoutland. After she and Frank were married, they moved as necessary because of Frank's work with the Frisco Railroad. They lived many years in Joplin, Mo., Fort Scott, Kan., and Springfield, Mo. Sarah had lived in St. Cloud, Minn. since 1991.
Sarah was a member of the University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, and the Frisco Wives Club. She also belonged to Le Art de Mardi, volunteers for the Southwest Missouri Museum in Springfield, from 1965 until 1991.
Services for Sarah E. DeBerry will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, in University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, with Pastor Daniel Chisholm officiating, under direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Graveside service and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Stoutland Cemetery, in Stoutland, Mo.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Monday until service time in the church.