Jean Orendorff Berney, age 95, died Saturday March 7, 2009, after a short illness in Pueblo, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband, a longtime orthodontist in Davenport, Iowa, and former president of the University of Iowa alumni association. The couple reared three daughters in Davenport prior to Dr. James E. Berney's retirement. They moved to Evergreen, Colorado, and later to Scottsdale, Arizona, where Dr. Berney died in 1986. Mrs. Berney later returned to Colorado, where all three of her children reside. She was born January 3, 1914, in Davenport. She was the only female to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at the University of Iowa in the class of 1937. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She married Dr. Berney in Davenport on April 18, 1938. They traveled extensively throughout the United States and to Europe and Asia. Her passions were gourmet cooking and needle work. She is survived by daughters, Susan (Chuck) Green of Pueblo West, Barbara (Peter) Judd of Denver, and Carol (Bill) Kemper of Clark, Colorado, and three grandsons. Private services and burial will be in Scottsdale, Ariz. Online condolences,

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  1. Dear Barbara, Susan and Carol, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the death of your Mother. What a lovely picture and she looks the same as I remembered her. A beautiful woman and so sweet to everyone. I shall never forget my younger years and growing up with the Berney family. Just want you to know your in my thoughts and prayers. God bless all of you always and during this diffcult time.
    Laura Lu

  2. Mother, We love you and miss you so very much. We think of you constantly. You meant so much to us. Your picture in this obituary is beautiful and we know you are so happy with Dad in heaven. You died so peacefully and for that we are very grateful. We will be with you Monday in Scottsdale. Our deepest love and gratitude for how you touched our lives. Love, Barbara and Peter.

  3. Susan, I’d like to extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I remember you telling me one day in your store about the lengths to which you went to to find your mother a terrific place to live in Pueblo, and your devotion and love came through with your words.

    I lost my mother one year ago this month. I wish you and your sisters peace in your grieving. When the time is right, you might want to read “Designated Daughter, The Bonus Years with Mom” by DG Fulford. It’s an honor be daughters of women like our moms, and it’s important you remember you will always be her daughter.


    Nancy Mau

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