March 17, 1904 - July 2, 2004

Erma Barry, 100, of Milwaukie passed away July 2 at the Clackamas Woods Assisted Living facilities.

A memorial service is Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. at Holliday Park, simultaneous with the Davenport Family Reunion.

The former Erma Davenport was born in Hood River March 17, 1904, and was the oldest of five sisters and three brothers.

The family moved to Spray in 1915 where she grew up and graduated from Spray High School in 1923. She went to college to get her teaching credentials and in 1923 she got a job teaching school at Twickenham for four years. During that period she met George Barry and got married in October of 1924. Her husband took jobs in 1926 as a foreman at several large sheep ranches and she quit teaching school to worked on the sheep ranch cooking for the hired men.

They moved to Spray in 1930 and in 1934 they moved to 40 acres they bought outside of Mt. Vernon. She got a job teaching in Cummings Ville School for two years. She became a mother in 1936 and homemaker with her first child. When George passed away, Erma moved to Mt. Vernon where she resided until 1978 when Erma married John Ashby, a friend of the family and moved to Portland. John passed away in 1989 and Erma lived in their home until 1998 when she moved to Clackamas Woods Assisted Living Facilities in Milwaukee.

Survivors include her three sons, Allen, Joe and David Barry; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Griffith and Florence Silvers; and one brother, Warren Davenport.

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