August 1, 1925 - February 21, 2018
Phyllis Ann Berry Weber of Fort Worth, 92, was taken into God’s loving arms on Wednesday, February 21 after a short illness. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mabel (Kennedy) Berry, and the mother of Jan Farrington (Brian), Suzanne Eklund (Charles), Eric Weber (Elisa), Karen Weber, and Monica Colvin (Barry). Grandchildren are Rachel Whitehead (John), Paul Calvin (Helen), Kate Farrington, Jill Farrington Sweeney (Hugh), and Bryn Farrington. Great-grandchildren are Alexander Whitehead, Beau Edward Calvin, and Eleanor and Evelyn Sweeney.
Phyllis was born in 1925 on a farm in Eagle Township, Illinois that her Irish immigrant family had owned since the 1850s. She will be buried amid generations of ancestors in Lostlands Cemetery there.
She attended Lawrence College (now University) in Appleton, Wisconsin, and was a “working girl” in Chicago during World War II. She married Eugene Weber in 1947; their first child was born at Notre Dame University, where Gene was studying law on the GI Bill.
The family moved to Texas in the early 1950s, first to Grand Prairie and in 1954 to Fort Worth. In the late 1960s Phyllis found a job at the newly created Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (now the University of North Texas Health Science Center). Over the years she rose to become the invaluable executive assistant to several of the college’s presidents.
Phyllis was a founding member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth and a woman of deep faith. She loved Broadway show tunes and made the world’s best molasses cookies (a recipe from her own grandmother). She was a loving and intelligent mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and we were lucky to have her with us for so long. May God bless her.