Age 91, of Lansing, MI, passed away December 11, 2014. She was born November 20, 1923, in Greenburg, Delaware, daughter of the late George and Clara Berden.

Dr. Berden received her M.D. in 1953 from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (now known as Medical College of Pennsylvania). She was a pathologist for Ingham Medical Hospital and Eaton Rapids Hospital as well as the chief medical consultant for the state of Michigan’s Family Independence Agency and Social Security Disability. She was also a cellist for the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and was a lay minister for Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing. Eleanor was a compassionate person who cared deeply for people and animals – she was willing to help all those in need.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Kimberly Munyon-Tompkins (Calvin); grandchildren, Natalie Whitten (Doug), Nicole Munyon, Josh Munyon (Chelsey), Stacie, Mark and Matthew Tompkins, and Cameron Colson; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Sawyer, Logan and Zane; and many special friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Munyon.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Lansing Food Bank or the Capital Area Humane Society. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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    Steve Miller Says:

    Dr. Berden worked with us for 17 yrs. at the Disability Determination Service, where she analyzed cases, performed quality assurance and professional medical public relations as our Chief Medical Officer. She was uncommonly curious with a deep desire to know the “why” of things. Not once did she ever talk down to anyone, and she always sought to find the noblest and best within clients and coworkers alike. No kinder or more compassionate woman can be found this side of Heaven. Her smile comforted and her actions, words, and counsel healed. Farewell, fair Eleanor. We miss you.

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