This #MothersDay, we’re remembering Frances Rhea Berry (1838-1926), Martha Berry’s mother. Stories abound about Frances Rhea’s remarkable character, which is evidenced by the Berry family's history: she had eight children with her husband, Thomas Berry, but also adopted three of her nieces and nephews. Outliving her husband by forty years, Frances Rhea was a key inspiration to Martha Berry throughout Martha’s life, and their relationship only grew stronger over time. Shortly after Frances Rhea passed away, Martha wrote in a letter that she “missed [seeing her] mother’s light burning in her window.” Pictured above is Frances Rhea’s room at Oak Hill, where Martha would have seen that very light. Martha Berry and Berry College certainly would not have been the same without Martha's mother, who was certainly a wonderful woman in her own right--so weare happy to celebrate Frances Rhea’s character and legacy today!
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