Ermina M. Hanley

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Ermina Mitzi Sawtelle Berry Hanley passed away on Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Gruene Senior Living Center 1820 East Common Street, New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 91. Mitzi was born on October 16, 1920 in Junction City, Kansas to George and Mary Mae Sawtell Sawtelle. She married Edmund Burke Berry III on May 24, 1942 at her parents' home in Houston, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Ed on March 8, 1993 and her daughter Bonnie Sawtelle Berry. She is survived by her children Edmund Burke Berry IV and his wife Tracy Bennett Berry, Bettymae Berry Doyle and her husband Mark Allen Doyle, George Sawtelle Berry and his wife Kristine Schultz Berry, and Veta Sawtelle Berry, grandchildren Edmund (Quint) Burke Berry V, Kimberly Berry Link, Yana Berry, Dimitry Berry, Kelly Berry, and Katherine Berry, and great grandchildren Tyler Link, James Link, Clayton Link, and Payton Berry. Late in life, Mitzi found a new love in Paul Thompkins Hanley, whom she married on November 11, 2000 at Saint David's Episcopal Church in San Antonio. Paul preceded her in death on July 2, 2007. Mitzi was a devoted wife, loving mother, and active in the Episcopal Church and its Order of The Daughters of the King. A Service of Celebration will be held February 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM at St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church, 5600 RR 620 North, Austin, TX 78732. Her remains will be interred with her first husband in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials be directed to The Order of the Daughters of the King at St. David's Episcopal Church, 1300 Wiltshire Ave, San Antonio, TX 78209 or to St. Luke's on the Lake at the address above, or the charity of your choice. To leave a message for the family, go to and select Obituaries. Please share your favorite story of Mitzi.

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  1. Mom, remember making matching dresses for Veta and me? You were always doing such thoughtful things for your children. I knew I was loved unconditionally, and I will miss your sweet self. Thank you for loving me, warts and all. I will miss you. Waltz with Dad for me. I love you dearly.

  2. Hey George, We just wanted you and your family to know that we are praying for you as you celebrate the life of your mother this Saturday. We also want you to know that we are making a 50 dollar donation to one of our students who is going to the seattle mission trip and who comes from a single parent family. This will bless them in more way than you can imagine. We will tell them that the donation was made in honor of Mr. Berry’s mom Mitzi. In Christ, Brent and the High School Ministry

  3. Terry and I were saddened to hear about your mother’s passing, Veta. She will be welcomed in heaven. We are praying for you and your family.

  4. To the kids: Ed, BettyMae, George and Veta: I shared with you all the story of your parent’s care of my children in 1963 and arranged for me to go home to attend the funeral of my father – while my husband was in the Mainland during the Cuban Crisis. Their action to send ME home and care for the children was spontaneous and “above and beyond.” I will send the entire story to Veta by email, as space here is limited.

  5. We have many fond memories of both Ed and Mitzi, both as patients and friends. May they rest in peace.

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