Iris Berresford


Iris Berrisford, 90, of 227 S. White, a retired school teacher, died at 3:55 p.m. in McDonough District Hospital.

Born March 19, 1892, in Table Grove to Allen A. and Anna M. Foster Wetzel, she married Fay Brooks in 1926. She married Lorren Berrisford in 1965. Both husbands preceded her in death, as did a foster daughter and two sisters.

A McDonough county resident all her life and oaf Macomb 25 years, she taught elementary school in McDonough County and Fountain Green.

She was a member of McDonough County Retired Teachers Association, McDonough County Historical Association, First Presbyterian Church, the DAR, Macomb Beautiful Association and Western Illinois University Museum.

Surviving are a foster daughter, Mary Moore Long of Detroit, Mich.; one brother, Gerald Wetzel of Macomb; and three sisters, Mrs. Florence Craft of Macomb, Mrs. Vergene Bland of Lewistown and Mrs. Maxine Mayes of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow in her church, the Rev. Kenneth Mortonson officiating. Burial will be in Industry Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Chapel.

Memorials may be made to her church or the DAR.

Another article, dated Wed. Mar. 16,1983, unknown paper

Mrs. Iris Berresford

It was with a feeling of genuine sadness that friends in this community received word of the death Sunday afternoon, March 13th of Mrs. Iris (Brooks) Berresford of Macomb, following a serious illness of less than two months, the end coming just six days before her 91st birthday.

Born and raised in the Industry-Vermont area, Iris was on of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wetzel. She became well known in the Fountain Green neighborhood over 50 years ago when she and her husband, Fay Brooks erected the two story brick gasoline service station and upstairs apartment for living quarters where they lived while operating the station for a good many years. She taught the primary room in our grade school for most of these years. After retiring from teaching and from the service station business, they continued to live in Fountain Green until Fay’s death in 1957. Shortly thereafter Iris moved to Macomb where she later married a long time family friend Loren Berresford, who passed away a few years after their marriage. She continued to maintain her own home throughout the succeeding years, taking an active part in the work of Presbyterian Church, the DAR and other community activities, almost to the very last.

Many years ago she and Fay took a young niece into their home where she lived until almost grown. Another homeless girl, Mary Moore also made her home with them for a number of years. Likewise, they cared for Fay’s mother, Mrs. C.C. Brooks during her declining years, also his aunt, Mrs. Etta Price made her home with them for a good many years.

Always eager to help with any worthwhile undertaking in the church and community, Iris gave generously of time, talents and money to each one. She was always available to help relatives and friends whenever the opportunity to do so presented itself.

Left to mourn her passing, in addition to her many friends are three sisters, Mrs. Florence Craft, Macomb, Mrs. Vergene Bland, Lewistown and Mrs. Maxine Mayes, living in Florida also one brother, Gerald Wetzel of Macomb as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Ross, Harry and Clifford Wetzel and two sisters, Mrs. Miriam Carson and Mrs. Enid Sundell preceded her in death.

Funeral services for Mrs. Berresford were held at the Macomb Presbyterian Church Wednesday morning at eleven o’clock.

(Unknown newspaper, 15 Mar 1983, submitted by Lewis Wetzel)



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