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Georgia Berryman

Beloved mother, grandmother “Granny Goose”, great-grandmother and sister. Georgia Diane Berryman, passed away Sept. 13, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones.

A celebration of her life will be planned for the spring of 2014.

Diane was born in San Francisco, to Leonard and Marian (Ike) Sise on Aug. 9, 1932. The family moved to the Palo Alto area where they farmed and raised turkeys for over 20 years.

Georgia went by her middle name, Diane, and was nicknamed “Turkey Diane.”

Diane was active in Rainbow Girls for a short time in her early teens.

Diane married in 1951, had four children and settled in Grass Valley. The marriage dissolved and she met a native son of Grass Valley.

She married the love of her life, Layne Berryman, on Aug. 1, 1959, and had three more children. He was the love of her life and the best father to all her seven children that any woman could hope for.

Diane and Layne returned to the Bay Area where Diane took a nurse’s assistant course in 1963 at Crystal Springs Rehabilitation Hospital. She enjoyed many years working in that profession, being a “charge” nurse on the overnight shift, long before professional licenses were required in nursing homes.

She worked for 17 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Along the way she had time to be a den mother, take her daughters to Girl Scouts and Rainbow Girl meetings. She was a volunteer firefighter in Aromas, Calif. Diane enjoyed camping, fishing and picnics on the beach with all her family.

Diane was a strong, independent woman right up to her last breath and told all of her granddaughters that they needed to get a good foundation of education, be it college or trade school, so that they could always take care of themselves.

Being a child of the Depression years, she felt that there was too much waste and was an avid yard sale “junkie,” knowing that she could get more use of things people wanted to get rid of. Diane and her sisters also were “paper girls,” delivering various newspapers around Auburn, for about eight years. Diane was a voracious reader and always had a book or two with her wherever she went.

We will forever miss her wisdom, wit, great cooking and love.

She is survived by children Linda Helm of Oregon, John DeWitt of Oroville, Jannette (Steve) Lantz of Grass Valley, Andrew Berryman of Auburn, Vicki Berryman of Oregon and Robin Detweiler of Grass Valley; brothers Walter Sise of Texas and Dale Sise of Redwood City, Calif.; sisters Barbara and Edith Sise of Grass Valley; nieces Christina Francois of Oregon and Elaina Swisher of Malaysia; 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, with one due in November. Her granddaughter, April Lantz Lovelace, affectionately nicknamed her “Granny Goose.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Layne; daughter Pamela Perkins; her parents; brother Leonard; and infant siblings Joan and David.


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