Betty Underwood Berg


December 19, 2019

Betty Underwood Berg, of Brevard, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away early in the morning of Dec. 14, 2019, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

Born Jan. 4, 1927, in Paw Creek, Mecklenburg County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Ralph Sidney and Reamer Neal Underwood. She was predeceased by her first husband, Carl B. Sheppard, and her second husband, William A. Keyser; and all of her siblings, Mildred Davis, Ralph Underwood Jr., Doris Groover and Laura Coggins.

She graduated from Paw Creek High School, Women’s College (B.S.), and Appalachian State University (M.Ed.). She taught in Gaston and Mecklenburg counties for 31 years, taking some time off to begin a family with her husband, Carl, and retiring in 1984, shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. They were married for 39 years.

She married Bill Keyser in 1991 and moved with him to Transylvania County, living in Connestee Falls until his death in 1999. Her third husband, Robert L. Berg, she claimed as the love of her life. His kindness, tenderness and the attentiveness shown to her were noted by all those who knew them. They would have been married 20 years this coming February.

A quilter, she used her skills to create masterpieces, which won her awards, and which she freely gave away to sons, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, often supplying baby quilts for new arrivals in the family. Due to recent illness, she was unable to complete a particularly beautiful and intricate quilt on which she had worked for two years.

A world traveler, she had a map in her sewing room that became a pincushion over the years, and she filled albums with photos of her trips. She loved finding new places to visit with differing modes of travel, and she found that Bob was the perfect travel partner.

She was devoted to her three sons, to whom she was a trusted adviser and defender. She always loved a family gathering, particularly with her sons, who loved her as she loved them. The home she created with Bob was a warm and inviting place that was open for her sons, their wives and children, and her extended family, including her two stepdaughters, whom she claimed as her own. She also cared deeply about her many nieces and nephews, eagerly asking for news of the events of their lives.

She was a consistent and faithful member of the First Methodist Church in Brevard. She rarely missed attending, serving as a greeter and reader for the church she so loved.

Survivors include her husband; her sons, Mike, of Tega Cay, S.C., Phil (Melissa), of Brevard, and Tim (Donna), of Belmont, N.C .; daughters, Nancy (Kurt) Feero and Barb (Joseph) Friedrich; eight grandchildren, Jenn and Tory, Heather, Matthew, Christian, Caleb, Carl and James; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. on her birthday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the First Methodist Church of Brevard, with a reception to follow.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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