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Ruth Berry (1909–2019)

May 2020 | by Graham Chewter

Ruth Berry
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The oldest inhabitant of Guernsey and probably the oldest supporter of the Trinitarian Bible Society, was recently called home at the age of 109.

Mrs Ruth Symons Berry was involved in TBS’s work for years, annually distributing hundreds of ‘Golden Thoughts’ calendars to many parts of the world as well as responding to letters of appreciation she received.

For over 50 years, Mrs Berry led ladies’ Bible study meetings in dozens of churches throughout Guernsey, only retiring in her 101st year.

Even aged 107, she was still remarkably active, offering a jar of her award-winning home-made jam to a TBS deputation speaker during a visit.

Ruth also laboured to raise funds for various charities, a task that continued for 40 years until her death.

Her love for God’s Word was evident to the end. As her vision deteriorated, each day a calendar verse would be read to her several times for her spiritual benefit.

In one of her letters to TBS, she concluded with the words, ‘Thank you all for what you are doing for our Lord. God bless you all.’

It is with thanksgiving to the Lord that we honour this special lady in her home-going.

‘And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them’ (Revelation 14:13).

We are grateful that Mrs Berry’s calendar work continues through the dedicated labours of her daughter.

Graham Chewter