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Nell Ellis Gray Berg

Born in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 28, 1927.
Departed on May 25, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida.

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Service: June 3, 2017 at 11:00 am
Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel

The South lost one of its belles. Nell Ellis Gray Berg, 89, died peacefully Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at Hibiscus Court in Melbourne. She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, Nell later attended high school in Atlanta, where her peers voted their petite classmate ?Big Woman on Campus?. When she moved on to Furman University in South Carolina, she continued her quiet and refined ways. As a school teacher in Melbourne, she met R. H. Berg at his newspaper office while out getting school supplies. He told her she should meet his son, and in charming and witty Bradford, Nell found her life partner. Together, they traveled the world.

In Kansas City, she taught Sunday school for many years at St. John?s United Methodist Church and was a Bible Study leader in Tequesta, Florida. In addition, when her daughter, Marti, was young, Nell became a Girl Scout troop leader.

Over her lifetime, Nell lived in many places including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida (4 different times), Kentucky (twice), Kansas (twice), New York, New Jersey, California (twice), New Hampshire, and Arizona. She loved socializing and helping with events such as the Bob Hope Golf Classic. She also enjoyed her membership in the Abigail Wright Chamberlin Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Chapter having been started by her mother-in-law, Lucille Berg.

Nell is survived by her daughter, Martha (Andrew) Johnson; grandson, Christopher Johnson; sister-in-law, Diana (Berg) Sheffield; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Bradford Berg, and her sister, Betty Gray LaRoche of Merritt Island, Florida.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Avenue, Melbourne.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of St. Francis or The Daughters of the American Revolution.

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