In 1942, the first year of World War II, it was natural that attention should be focused upon families making a contribution to the armed forces. So, it is not surprising that the American Mother of 1942 had in her family a West Point graduate, a member of the Naval Reserve, a student at Annapolis, a defense worker and a medical student under the Army’s V-12 program! Elizabeth Vize Berry, from Greensboro, North Carolina was also a successful business woman, running a large fuel company with her husband at the time she was named Mother of the Year.
Originally from Kentucky, Elizabeth met her husband at a Knights of Columbus dance and the rest, they say was history. She was a teacher and he was working with the railroad. Struggling to raise a growing family, Elizabeth had an idea to buy and sell coal in order to make additional income to support the education of their children. This led to the purchase of a coal yard and Berry Coal and Heating Company was born. Working with her husband, together they turned their company into the largest retail coal business in the South.
The Berry’s had eight sons, four of whom served in World War II and four in the Korean War.
On this Veteran’s Day, we would like to give thanks to those men and women who have admirably served our country, but also to the mothers who raised them.
Posted on Sun, November 10, 2013