Andrea Lynn Berry


Andrea Lynn Berry of Decatur, age 66, passed away in the early morning hours of October 5, 2019, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  

Andrea was born on July 15, 1953, in New York City to Creighton and Norma (Long) Berry, and spent her early years growing up in the St. Albans and Jamaica neighborhoods of Queens in the midst of an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Andrea graduated from the High School of Performing Arts Music Department in New York City in 1970, and went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College where she was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976.

Andrea was an accomplished and award-winning journalist/producer in print, radio and television. As the electronic medium and the internet grew, she became a self-taught guru in web site design, e-magazines and newsletters, and videography/video editing. Not leaving anything to chance, Andrea also became a skilled and inventive still photographer, as well as a published author. And she was a soccer mom, launching and producing a team newsletter, The Dynamite Diaries, for the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA Dynamite, the team on which her daughter, Jessica, played for several years.

Andrea began her professional career in public television in Phoenix, AZ. and made stops in commercial radio in Dallas, TX., and public radio in West Virginia before settling in Atlanta, GA. She continued her work in public television at Georgia Public Broadcasting in public affairs reporting and social issue documentaries where she was the recipient of two local Emmys and a Silver Gavel award from the Georgia Bar Association.  Andrea left public broadcasting to focus on publicizing HIV awareness and prevention, and women’s health issues for the Georgia Department of Human Resources; social and health related concerns for the Carter Center; and education issues for City Schools of Decatur. Ultimately Andrea found her niche in the nonprofit world where she earned a solid reputation at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.  Her last and perhaps most successful and satisfying position was as Director of Communications for the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, an organization whose passion she shared regarding health equity for all Georgians.

Andrea is survived by her father, Creighton, of Westhampton Beach, NY; her most cherished daughter, Jessica, of Decatur; her sister, April, of Kansas City, and other relatives.

Andrea is also survived by a host of long-time friends and recent colleagues – Carolyn, Barbara, Carol, Anne Marie, two Debbies and two Karens, Beverly, Arlene, Janette and another Andrea – and others too numerous to mention.  As she would say, “You know who you are!”  All will miss her sense of humor, creativity, infectious exuberance, and fierce commitment to try to do good by doing well.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible care and compassion of the nursing staff of 6 North at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. They treated Andrea as one of their own.

Rest with the Angels, ALB.  You are now in the first row of God’s cello section.

A celebration of Andrea’s Life will be scheduled in the near future. 

Scott Huskins Funeral & Cremation Services is in charge of the arrangements. 678.771.5566 | www.scotthuskins.com

12 comments (Add your own)

1. Debbie Pepin wrote:
Perfect tribute/summary of Andrea! Whoever wrote this (did Andrea help?) many thanks and kudos. I will always celebrate Andrea's life and the fact that our paths crossed.

Sun, October 13, 2019 @ 7:27 PM

2. Lisa Medellin wrote:
Andrea, touched me in ways I that I will be forever grateful for she taught me so much about how to live fully and without justification. I will miss her vivacious spirit and I’m honored to have known her and to call her friend. Jessica (and family) no words will make this difficult time any better but I do hope there is some solace in knowing that your mom was my sunshine, a great person and emulated LOVE.

Sun, October 13, 2019 @ 8:49 PM

3. Karen A. Robinson wrote:
We were born 38 days apart in 1953. I'm trying to find a faded photo of the two of us in a playpen that our mothers, also childhood friends, starting the prolonged effort to corral us...and we see how that worked out.

We've known one another longer than our respective siblings. With that came a special connection sharing the peaks and valleys of life in the safe harbor of just "knowing".

Andrea had family of origin and choice, appreciating all that enabled a life well lived.... In profound sadness, I celebrate her.....

Mon, October 14, 2019 @ 6:57 AM

4. Debbie McCann (Connors) wrote:
Andrea and I were classmates at Performing Arts, but I have to say that our friendship really flourished some 40 years later, when Facebook reconnected us. She was an amazing soul—bright, beautiful, gifted, and with a wicked sense of humor that she didn't hesitate to turn on herself. We reminisced one day about our graduation ceremony from PA, which broke into demonstrations and fistfights. She was charged that day with conducting the student orchestra, which, when things were clearly past the point of no return, she had play us out of the auditorium as we all dashed out. Never has the Triumphal March from AIDA been used to greater effect! She was magic, she was realistic, she was fiercely loving, and the world is a darker place without her.

Tue, October 15, 2019 @ 3:43 PM

5. Andrea Kellum wrote:
There are no words to fully express what Andrea meant to me, both personally and professionally. As a colleague, she was one of my biggest champions and cheerleaders. She was incredible to work with – I loved her brilliance, creativity, loyalty and dedication. She always listened intently to my ideas, always found ways to improve upon my work, and everything she created was like “magic.” In addition, she consistently encouraged me to be bold, aim higher, and always gave me such positive motivation. In our short time knowing one another, she quickly became a good friend, and I loved our talks, work travels, and we always enjoyed a good meal together. In her work, she exuded professionalism and did an excellent job promoting the Foundation’s mission, vision, and elevating the work of our grantees. I admired her unwavering commitment to social justice and equity, her dedication to truth, and sharing people’s stories. She lived each day to its fullest and spread joy and laughter everywhere she went. No one was ever a stranger, and her kindness and exuberance for life were felt by everyone that she met. I miss my friend terribly, but feel comfort in knowing that she is now at peace and laughing with the angels. Jessica, you were your mother’s most cherished gift and she was incredibly proud of the woman you have become. To Andrea’s family and friends, please know that you have my deepest sympathy and continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Thu, October 17, 2019 @ 4:02 PM

6. Carol Collard wrote:
Intelligence. Compassion. Humor. Grace. Humility. Caring. Just a few of the descriptors that come to mind when I think of Andrea Berry. Although my time with her was short, her departure leaves a great void. I am grateful for her support and attention, and most importantly, her trust in me.

Those who knew her know the deep well of love that she had for everyone.

My sincere condolences to her daughter,Jessica, and all who loved her. She will be missed.

Fri, October 18, 2019 @ 2:35 PM

7. Mary Eleanor Wickersham wrote:
Her warmth and enthusiasm drew people to her. She made others feel comfortable. We didn't get to work together long, but what a wonderful person she was. She enriched us all.

Sun, October 20, 2019 @ 8:12 PM

8. Janette Blackburn wrote:
As we continue to mourn the loss of our dear beloved friend, Andrea, we also remember the wonderful moments shared. Andrea holds a very special place in our hearts and her kindness and positive energy will always be cherished. She was not only a co-worker, but a dear friend that I was fortunate to have known over 3 years and will be dearly missed. My sincere condolences and prayers to her daughter Jessica, family and friends.

Mon, October 21, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

9. Beverly Tyler wrote:
Andrea brightened every room she entered with her positivity and enthusiasm for life. She was the only person I have ever known that jumped out of airplanes, played the cello, did stand up comedy, and won Emmys. It was a special gift to have Andrea as a friend. Jessica, I hope knowing how much she was loved by so many people brings you comfort.

Tue, October 22, 2019 @ 2:02 PM

10. Vickie Elisa wrote:
Andrea's wicked sense of humor, intelligence and grace were part of her approach to life. Each day was a celebration. Each person a validation. Each memory a moment to be cherished. We meet at the Georgia Department of Human Resources and worked on everything from diversity, to HIV/AIDS prevention education to WIC. Our lives intersected again when she became a loving parent and again when she joined the Georgia Public Health Foundation. A loving friend, great mom and a creative spirit. Run free.....

Wed, October 23, 2019 @ 7:17 PM

11. Steven Thornton wrote:
Andrea was one of the first people I met when I moved to Atlanta in 2015. Immediately I was drawn to her vibrant personality and off the charts sense of humor. From the start, our professional relationship became a friendship. Andrea was easy to love. Her knowledge and valued experience of the journalism industry was priceless. I often looked to her for advice. Andrea, I know you are now up above with the Lord. You have your wings for sure.

I am going to miss our telephone conversations filled with the latest industry gossip, laughter ignited by life itself and your encouragement for me not to give up to keep up the good fight. I’m going miss you my friend. I send my deepest condolences to your daughter Jessica, father and sister. You all will be in my prayers.
🙏🏾💔🙏🏾
-Phoenix, AZ

Thu, November 7, 2019 @ 6:09 AM

12. Steven Thornton wrote:
Andrea was one of the first people I met when I moved to Atlanta in 2015. Immediately I was drawn to her vibrant personality and off the charts sense of humor. From the start, our professional relationship became a friendship. Andrea was easy to love. Her knowledge and valued experience of the journalism industry was priceless. I often looked to her for advice. Andrea, I know you are now up above with the Lord. You have your wings for sure.

I am going to miss our telephone conversations filled with the latest industry gossip, laughter ignited by life itself and your encouragement for me not to give up to keep up the good fight. I’m going miss you my friend. I send my deepest condolences to your daughter Jessica, father and sister. You all will be in my prayers.
🙏🏾💔🙏🏾
-Phoenix, AZ

Thu, November 7, 2019 @ 6:09 AM

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