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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Family and friends crowded an Albany church Friday for the funeral of 88-year old Mabel Berry who was brutally beaten to death in her home Sunday.

Her family celebrated Berry's life as a community leader and Christian example.

Police say she was murdered by a woman who attended Bible classes she taught at the Albany Rescue Mission. Berry's relatives called for prayer and forgiveness for her killer.

One of Mabel Berry's great grandchildren sang in the family led service at the Albany Gospel Chapel, Berry's church home for almost 50 years.

Grandson Jamie Dickerson said "I know we all loved her. Thank you all for being here to honor the life of my Grandmother."

Berry's three daughters say they have no feelings of hate, only Christian forgiveness toward 33 year old Tiffany Wise, the woman who confessed to beating the 88 year old Berry to death in a robbery attempt.

Daughter Paula Foerster said "I can sit here and look at you straight in the eye, and tell you my heart breaks for that girl. And No, I don't. No God would not have me to do that."

Berry was the first woman's director at the Albany Rescue Mission. The Mission was where she met Wise.

 Albany Gospel Chapel Pastor Bobby Marshall said "Right up to 88 years old she was still involved in the Rescue Mission, and teaching Bible studies and working there."

Daughter Linda Dickerson said "Through all we want her life to be a celebration, and we want to praise Him. Even in this tragedy, we want to praise our Lord."

Berry's daughters say their mother loved the Rescue Mission, and they still fully support its work.

Brenda Rothfuss said "I honestly believe that through her someone is going to accept where she left off."

Berry's family honored her strong Christian faith and life, following her example of love even while grieving her brutal murder.

Foerster said "No, we don't hold any animosity or hatred. Bitterness is like a cancer to the soul. And it would just eat us up, and we can't do that."

The family prayed for the killer and her family during the funeral, honoring Mabel Berry's fruitful life and beliefs.

Tiffany Wise remains in the Dougherty County jail, charged with murder and aggravated assault.

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