Tresa Lee Berry passed away August 12, 2020. She was born Feb 16, 1935 in Champaign, Illinois to Edwin Lee Petersen and Clara Inis Slade.
Tresa relocated to California where she met Charles Phillip Berry in 1961, and they were married for 30 beautiful years. He proceeded her in death in 1991. She never remarried.
Tresa began her professional career at General Telephone in Illinois right after graduating High School in 1953. She worked there for 8 years until transferring to California and continued work with the company for 5 more years. After that, she became a stay at home mom and housewife to a large, blended family and the couple’s only newborn, Joy. Chuck and Tresa relocated to Texas after Chuck’s retirement in 1976. They made their home at Possum Kingdom Lake and she has resided there ever since, being a PK resident for over 44 years. Tresa began selling real estate for Century 21 at PK, which transitioned to Mike Powell Real Estate where she worked for 13 years. Most recently she worked only as a PK Lake visitor expert at Possum Kingdom Real Estates Welcome Center on Sunday afternoons. Throughout her career, she was able to show her love for people with any job she had. She loved her real estate career and all she worked with.
Tresa was an avid bowler for over 60 years and was a loved member of the Mineral Wells Bowlers Assoc. for the past 40 years. Tresa was able to travel all over the country bowling with some of her nearest and dearest friends, which she referred to as her ‘bowling girls’. She had at least two 600 series and numerous accolades for the game she loved over her lifetime.
Tresa was also a member of the PK community church. She volunteered in their early years both at the church, and at Charlie’s Angels. She also volunteered for the USDA dispensing commodities for over a decade until 1991. She was often referred to as ‘the cheese lady’ by many PK residents.
Tresa is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Wynonna and Barbara, and her baby brother Davie Petersen who just recently passed in Colorado in April 2020, as well as her husband Chuck and her two sons: Rick and Stan Ogdon.
She is survived by her Son Lee Ogdon (Chris) of California. Daughter Joy Eaton (Dwain) of Mineral Wells, TX. Son David Berry (Vicky) of Mineral Wells, TX. Daughter Linda Patterson (Rodger) of California, Son Phillip Berry (Kathy) of New Mexico, Son Alfred Ellsworth (Myrna) of Denton, TX. Daughters in law Cathi Ogdon, Saginaw, TX. And Cindy Ogdon-Morgan, Graford, TX.
She has 14 grandchildren whom she loved fiercely. Chris Green, CA. Kim Reno, TX. Adam Berry, TX. Dylan Berry, NM. Rich Ogdon, Jesse Ogdon & Stephanie Ogdon, PA. Jason Ogdon, CA. Charlie Ogdon, CA. Matt Ogdon, TX. Ashley Ogdon-Clayton, TX. Jaime Ogdon, TX, Ronnie Ogdon, OK. And Scarlett Eaton, TX. And numerous great grands.
There are many friends and caregivers to thank, but her companions Gail Beard, Valerie Bearden and Mary Lambert’s help was immense in recent years and cannot go unmentioned. Dr. Alice Ramsey and staff and Becky Evans and staff were on call 24/7 and always eager to help and do whatever we might need. Also, to friends and staff at Integra Home Health for trying to build her strength in recent weeks. We ask forgiveness if we have failed to mention someone – we know you are many and are blessed by that.
She lived her life her way. She loved life even through much tragedy and recent health struggles. She used to say, “My road was not always easy, but it was always worth it”. The loss of her two sons were the holes in her heart that could never be filled. Still, Tresa stood strong and gave all the love in her heart to her family. She was an incredible example of confidence, self-love, and grit. She showed nothing but resilience in situations where most people would crumble. She was our family matriarch and she will be missed, but she will be loved forever.
There will be a Celebration of Life on 10 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Possum Kingdom Lake.