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
Posted on Sat, October 5, 2019
by Scott Huskins