Betty Jeralean Berning

Betty Jeralean Berning, 86, of Liberty, MO, passed away at Our Lady of Mercy Country Home.

Mom passed peacefully on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. She spent her life caring for her family and friends. She met our Dad at a dance in Carrollton, MO, and were married for 62 years. Their life together was one of happiness, love and fun. They have two daughters, Valarie and Sara. Mom worked in Jefferson City at the Harry S Truman building. She also worked at BMA, Herzfeld’s Beauty Salon and was a partner and owner of the Carrousel Beauty Salon in Excelsior Springs.

Mom spent many years square-dancing with Dad, traveling, playing cards and games with family and friends. They loved to travel and we were never too surprised when they would call and say they had driven somewhere out of state. She would always say, “Guess where we are?”. They had been to every state except Hawaii and their last trip was a beautiful cruise to Alaska.

Mom was a member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, served on the alter guild, prayer line and Ladies Guild. She loved making food to take to the church for dinners. She cherished her friendship and fellowship with everyone from Mt. Calvary.

Mom was a gentle soul and loved to laugh. She could be quite the little prankster at times. You knew when she got you! She was very caring and kind. We will miss her always.

We are thankful that she is with her Savior and our Dad now.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Donald Berning; father, Albert L. Bates; mother, Flossie P. (Jones) Bates; and two brothers, Leroy Bates and Larry Bates.

She is survived by her sister, Shirley Kelly (John); daughters, Valarie Johnson (Leonard) and Sara Musil (Don); grandchildren, Toby Johnson, Samuel Shepherd (Melanie), Nicholas Shepherd (Kim), David Musil (Melissa), Shaun Musil (Destiny), and Amy Smith (Sterling); and four grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior Springs. With visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. prior. There will be a graveside service on Monday, March 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Cemetery in Norborne, MO.

Contributions may be made to the Lutheran Cemetery at Norborne, MO, and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.

Arrangements in care of Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Excelsior Springs.

Our Sincere Condolences

Your Mom was such a Special, Kind & Loving person. She will be missed. Both your parents made a Wonderful team. Sending hugs & lots of love. Delores

I am sending lots of love to Betty’s family and friends. I live in her Excelsior Springs neighborhood.  My husband Jess and I visited her when she lived at Liberty at Shoal Creek apartments. We enjoyed those visits a lot. I am also thankful to be learning more about Betty through those who know her best.
Betty Ware

Sending prayers and thoughts for your family. Have a lot of good memories with your mom and dad!!
Janet and Don Flickinger

Valarie I am so sorry to hear this. I had been thinking about her. She was such a sweet lady. I always enjoyed seeing her when she came to pharmacy. Hugs to you family.
Leigh Ann

We go way back in time.  My wife Charlene and Betty were confirmed by Pastor Weinhold in KC in 1958. Betty was sweet, loving and always happy. May your family find comfort that we will all be together again someday.
Wally Bredemeier

I have such great memories of my parents square dancing with Betty and Jim. They were also great neighbors. So sorry for your loss.
Barney and Karen Hatfield