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Bertha Brown

September 11, 1931 — September 28, 2011

POCATELLO-Bertha Brown, 80 years old, passed away peacefully with family at her side on September 28, 2011 at Hillcrest Haven Convalescent Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11am at Wilks Funeral Home, 211 West Chubbuck Road. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Bertha's husband of 60 years, Robert Brown, preceded her in death in 2009. A sister Berta Hall preceded her in death in 1976.

She is survived by her six children; Roger (Mary Ann) Brown, Topeka, KS, Darrell (Kathy) Brown of New Plymouth, ID, Sandy (Ray) Hebdon of Pocatello, ID, Sharon (Steve) Falk, of Overland Park, KS, Dave (Kim) Brown of Cocoa Beach, FL and Tommy Brown of Pocatello, ID. Bertha is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children. Other Survivors include 2 sisters; Bessie Music of Clinton, Tennessee, Opal (Glen) Hale of Pontiac, Michigan, 2 Brothers; John (Sandy) Whitaker of Ashland, Kentucky, Virgil (Jo Ann) Whitaker of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bertha was born in Hueysville, Kentucky on September 11, 1931, to Florence and John Whitaker. She was one of six children in that family and also had 11 older half brothers and sisters. She was the second eldest in her immediate family and together with her sister Bertha took charge of her younger siblings and the household at the age of 13 when her mother died unexpectedly. Bertha's father was a farmer and politician in Kentucky where he was once considered as a candidate for governor.

Bertha moved to Idaho with Robert L. as a young wife and mother of 3 children. She and Robert created and ran a successful small business in Tyhee, Brown's Store, for 32 years. They retired in Pocatello, and spent time in Arizona, and Island Park.

The family would like to thank Hillcrest Haven for 7 years of loving, compassionate, unfailing care that they provided to our mother. We will be forever grateful.

Thanks also to Creek side Hospice for helping to make the final months comfortable and peaceful.

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