Vivian L. Berry, 91, Fairview, MT
October 18, 2023
Funeral services for Vivian L. Berry, 91 of Fairview, MT are at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fairview, Montana with Pastor Tim O'Shields officiating. Visitation is Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Fulkerson Stevenson Memorial Chapel in Sidney, Montana. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Sidney, Montana is assisting the family. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at http://www.fulkersons.com.
Vivian Laverne Berry was born on September 4, 1932, in Watford City, North Dakota to Anna (Nygard) and Henry Falkenhagen. As the 8th of 12 children, she learned the importance of family, hard work, and responsibility at a young age. She grew up in the rural Fairview area and attended school in Dore. When her parents both passed away in their 40's, she quickly stepped in to raise her youngest brother, Dave, from the time he was just 12 years old. They continued to share a special bond that lasted their entire lives.
In her younger years she looked like a movie star, and it was easy to see how she caught the eye of Montie Berry. They wed in December of 1955 and within a few years were blessed with the first of 2 children, Hank & Monica. She loved being a mother and believed in making memories; both her children could tell stories forever. From "spinning cookies" with Hank to doing anything with Monica that inevitably ended in a fit of the giggles, she was not only a loving mother but the ultimate friend.
Nothing was more important to Vivian than her faith and her family. She never wanted much for herself but wanted the world for everyone else. She was overjoyed to spend time with her grandkids and loved cheering them on at sporting events, concerts, and everything else they did. She was known for showing up just to take them out for ice cream or to spend a little extra time with them.
Vivian worked as a meat packager for nearly 40 years, but many of the customers who came to see her knew her just as much for her concern about their health and recommendations for which vitamins might help. If she saw someone who looked like they weren't feeling well, she always asked because she was genuinely concerned about everyone she met.
Vivian took pleasure in just about everything she did. She loved her flowers and was known for bright beautiful beds of pink and purple petunias, attending the stockcar races with Monica and cheering Hank on, bowling, dancing, the occasional gambling excursion and laughing. Above all, she loved it when her family got together. She looked forward to birthdays and holidays and even treated everyone to a trip to Disneyland. She was always concerned about being fair and equal and making sure everyone knew she loved them with her whole heart.
For the past two years, Vivian lived with and was lovingly cared for by Monica and Dan. As everyone is always welcome at the Caykos, she had a constant stream of friends, grandkids and great grandkids that would stop by to say hello. Her presence in their home will be missed by all.
Vivian passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at the age of 91. Her family is grateful for the many wonderful memories to look back on. Even though she is walking with the angels, they are going to miss her walking beside them.
She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Anna; husband Montie; brothers Clint, Larry, Glen and Dave; sisters Harriet, Violet, Mae, Hazel, Avis and Ann; and granddaughter Katelynn.
Vivian is survived by her children Hank (Jodi) Berry of Sidney and Monica (Dan) Cayko of Fairview; ten grandchildren: Amber (Josh) Hoverson, Kristen (Rus) Barbour, Darren Berry, David (Samantha) Berry, Ariana Isakson, Davon Berry, Vanessa (Justin) Fortin, Alyson (Brock) Schriver, Lexi (Brady) Olson, and Monte (Taylore) Cayko; nine great-grandchildren: Paxton & Jaxon Berry, Sophie & Brooklyn Fortin, Cade Gleaton, Odin Olson, Andrew Schriver, Julian & Sofia Barbour; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers and sisters-in-law.