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KRATZ, Anne Scarborough Berkey


February 13, 2013 5:49 AM

Was born January 15, 1922, the elder by a few minutes of identical twin sisters. Her parents were Emma Maddox Scarborough and Bryan Scarborough of Kenedy, Texas. She was brought up in Kenedy, graduating high school in 1939.

During WWII she moved with her mother and sister to Houston, where she worked for Humble Oil Corp. In Houston she met her future husband, Peter Berkey 111, an Air Force pilot trainee. Peter flew B-17 bombers from bases in England during the war, was shot down and spent the balance of the war as a POW in a camp Germany.

Upon Peter's return after the war, they were married and moved to Mount Vernon, Ohio where they worked at Shellmar-Bettner Co. In Mount Vernon they were joined by Anne's twin sister, Dotsey Roberts and her husband, Charles F. Roberts, along with their two-year-old son, Charles F. Roberts, Jr. (Frank). Dotsey and Charles also worked at Shellmar and soon their second son, John Maddox Roberts, was born.

In 1950 the Berkeys moved to Pasadena, and soon after that Peter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Their son, Peter Berkey IV was born in 1952.

In 1962 they moved to their new home, a beach house they had built on Padaro Lane in Carpinteria, in hopes that ocean swimming might slow the progress of Peter's MS. There they joined the Valley Club of Montecito where Anne made many friends and became an avid golfer.

In 1975 Peter's worsening condition caused the Berkeys to leave the beach house for a new home on Romero Canyon Drive in Montecito, where he could be better cared for. Peter passed away at the Romero Canyon home in 1978.

Later, Anne married General Winston Kratz of Santa Barbara. The Kratzes made their home on Mountain Drive in Montecito. Anne's son Peter Berkey IV passed away in 1979, leaving Anne childless. Winston Kratz passed away in 1986.

Anne moved to her final home on Plaza Pacifica at Bonnymede in 1988.

Throughout her long life Anne remained active, engaged and adventurous. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from California colleges, loved to read and to travel and did so widely, visiting many parts of the world, and was known for her charitable work.

Anne passed away on January 8, 2013, with her surviving family around her.

 


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