91-year-old journalist retires from Arkansas paper

91-year-old journalist retires from Arkansas paper

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) - Marie Berryhill will celebrate her 92nd Birthday in March.

She's spent her life as a wife and mother, raising three kids but Mrs. Berryhill is known for more than just being a devoted mother.

For over 30 years, Mrs. Berryhill has dedicated her journalistic services to a newspaper in Melbourne, for free.

While most journalists have adopted computers and other devices to report the news in their community, 91-year-old Marie Berryhill keeps it simple - with a type writer.
While most journalists have adopted computers and other devices to report the news in their community, 91-year-old Marie Berryhill keeps it simple - with a type writer. (Source: KAIT)

Each week she sat at a desk and typed up the local news in Violet Hill and Franklin on an electric typewriter.

She made calls to families in the community looking for the latest news or who was coming to town.

She would then type up what she had learned and mail it to the Melbourne Times every week.

Everyone who knows her always looked forward to her call.

Marie Berryhill looks over the latest edition of the Melbourne Times. She's decided to unplug her typewriter after 34 years at the paper.
Marie Berryhill looks over the latest edition of the Melbourne Times. She's decided to unplug her typewriter after 34 years at the paper. (Source: KAIT)

Bertha Billingsley is a long time friend of Berryhill,

“She called me everyday to get my news and I looked forward to her calls and she looked forward to hearing from me. She’s just the most dearest, sweetest person,” said Billingsley.

But recently Mrs. Berryhill broke her wrist and once that happened, she decided to finally unplug her type writer.

Mrs. Berryhill said she intends to spend her free time on her front porch watching sunsets in the evening.

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