|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1928|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 2011|
Mrs. Bertha Mae Perry, the late wife of Rev. Robert R. Perry, Sr., went to be with the Lord on Friday night, October 21, 2011.
Public viewing will be held at Winnfield Funeral Home 2033 Third Street, Alexandria, on Friday, October 28, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and private family viewing will be from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at Mount Triumph Baptist Church located at 2200 Third Street in Alexandria.
Bertha was 83 years old and had battled a lengthy illness for the last 7 years. She was born February 13, 1928 in Basile, Louisiana to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lofton. She was the pride and joy of her parents.
Bertha attended Charlton Park High School in Beaumont, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Leland College, with further studies at Southern University, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and Northwestern College. She also completed numerous continuing education workshops.
Bertha began her teaching career at Acadia Elementary School in Evangeline Parish and W. W. Stewart Elementary. She integrated St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School in 1968 as the first African-American teacher on staff at the local private school. Bertha was very innovative in the classroom and in her teaching style. She often employed various techniques to pique student interest in schoolwork, and she made learning fun. Bertha retired with 44 years of service combined in both the public and private school systems of Rapides and Evangeline Parishes.
As a member of the retired sector, Bertha found time to tutor students upon request. Prior to her illness, she was very active in Mount Triumph Baptist Church, where she sang in the Sanctuary Choir and served as its Director for 31 years and Vice-President for 30 years. Bertha also worked as the Brotherhood Director for 10 years and assisted with Vacation Bible School on many occasions. She served as a Deaconess and Youth Director Emeritus, and she provided meals for the Senior Citizens Group Craft Class, along with her husband, 2 days per week. Although Bertha's illness did not allow her to work as much as she would have liked to, Bertha continued to work with various church committees, including the Calendar, Planning, Building Program, and Summer Park Program Committees as much as her health allowed.
Bertha willingly and unselfishly gave of herself to others. She always had words of encouragement and a listening ear for those who needed it. Bertha did her best to serve as a role model for young ladies everywhere.
Bertha leaves to mourn her loving husband, Rev. Robert R. Perry, Sr., six children, Patricia Bynum (Pete) of Houston, Texas, Darriell Collins, Sr. of Alexandria, Pamela Rachal (John) of Augusta, Georgia, Rebecca Leaper (Leon) of Chicago, Illinois, Robert Perry, Jr. of Baton Rouge and Carlita Goff (Michael) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; an aunt, Mrs. Virginia Higgins of Eunice; three brothers-in-law, Dr. Huey Perry (Emma) of Baton Rouge, Earl Benny Perry (Margie) of Los Angeles, California, and Christopher Perry (Loray) of Oakland, California, twelve grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mommie, as her six children affectionately called her, was a shining star who let her light shine for all to see. We thank you for being such a loving wife and mother. We love and miss you very much.
From your husband and children.
Published in The Town Talk on October 26, 2011
Created by: debmcdaniel
Record added: Jun 18, 2012
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