Dorothea Berry Donnelly, daughter of a pioneer Pecos Valley farming and ranching family, died on Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Roswell, after a brief illness. Born on Dec. 26, 1915, she was the daughter of O.B. Berry and Winone Berry, of Dexter. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a masterâ€™s degree from New Mexico Highlands University, taught school in Carlsbad, and was appointed by former Gov. Edwin L. Mechem, to the Board of Regents of the New Mexico Boyâ€™s School in Springer.
A lifelong New Mexican, she was active in the DAR, the Roswell Presbyterian Church, the Genealogical Society, and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. A wideranging reader, she had a lifelong interest in economics, history, genealogy, gardening and politics. Prior to her illness, she traveled extensively throughout the world. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, former president of New Mexico Highlands University.
She was also preceded in death by her brother H.C. Berry and his wife Betty Berry, of Dexter; her halfbrothers, Wesley Berry and his wife Willa, of Vallejo, Calif.; and Ewell Berry and his wife Thelma, of Austin, Texas. She is survived by her stepson Thomas A. Donnelly and daughter -in-law Paula S. Donnelly, of Santa Fe; and numerous loving nephews and nieces, including Tom Berry and wife Bonnie, of Roswell, John Berry and wife Trisha, of Dexter, Jim Berry and wife Lori, of Dexter, Barbara Ross and husband Mike, of Dallas, Dr. Bill Berry and wife Cora, of Las Vegas, Nev., Betty Barry Graig, Suzanne Van Aken, and her husband Mark, of Henderson, Nev., and George Wesley Berry and wife Susan Berry, as well as many others of her extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Bob Williams will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, or Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey St., Roswell, NM 88203. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome. com