Berlene M. (Curtis) Herrick, 81, of Lee’s Summit, MO passed away on July 16, 2019 at John Knox Village Care Center. Memorial services will be August 24th 2019, 10am, at Courtyard Chapel at John Knox Village, 518 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081. Dress casual. Burial will be in Sedalia, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Role of Jackson County CASA and/or bring a teddy bear to her celebration of life.
Berlene, born April 30, 1938 in Sedalia, MO, was the only child of Aubrey and Velma Curtis. She graduated from Smith Cotton High School and Central Missouri State University with a Bachelor Degree in Education. She was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and a part of a competitive dance group. Between her junior and senior year, Berlene chaperoned 32 AFS students from Missouri to New York.
Berlene was an Elementary school teacher for 35 years, collectively, in the Raytown and Independence School Districts. She loved her school children. Berlene was also an exchange teacher in England. Berlene had been a member of AAUW, Independence Young Matrons, and also active in her sorority Alumna group. She loved being with her family and friends. She enjoyed scrapbooking, pictures of her family, doing needlework, crafts, painting, reading, and traveling. Berlene loved playing bridge with many different groups. She was a part of a bridge group for approximately 57 years. These girls went through everything together. The Steal Magnolias!
Berlene is preceded in death by her parents and step-father, George Stohr. Survivors include her daughter, Robin Keene; son, Chris Keene and his wife, Kathy; granddaughters, Caitlin and Alex Keene; step-daughter, Dawn Elliot and her husband, Steve; step-grandchildren, Riley and Patrick; step-son, Kyle Herrick and his wife, Roxanne; step-granddaughters, Alicia and Sydni.