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Bertha Olive Showalter Heatwole
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Birth: Jun. 30, 1876
Virginia, USA
Death: May 24, 1934
La Junta
Otero County
Colorado, USA

Daughter of Pre. Lewis A. and Sarah (McGuire) Showalter, was born near Dale Enterprise, Va., June 30, 1876; died in her home near La Junta, Colo., aged 57 y. 10 m. 24 d. On Oct. 11, 1895, she was baptized at the Pike Mennonite Church near Dayton, Va., by Bishop L. J. Heatwole and on Christmas day of the same year she was united in holy matrimony to Jacob A. Heatwole by the same bishop. To this union were born 7 children: E. Herman, Annie (Mrs. Mark Snyder), Ruth, Lenna, Elizabeth, Sarah. and Jacob Aaron Jr.; all of whom with her husband survive her. She also leaves 3 brothers (Ancil of La Junta, Colo., Arba C. of Dayton, Va., and J. Ward of Riverside, Calif.) and 7 grandchildren. In March, 1907 the family left the old Virginia home for her health and located near La Junta, Colo. - to a higher, dryer climate which undoubtedly lengthened her life to over a quarter of a century and made it possible for her family to increase from four to seven children and to see them all grow to manhood and womanhood (but Junior, who graduated from the eighth grade in public school the evening before she died). For over 32 years she shared the duties of a minister's wife; and notwithstanding her poor health she always tried to make it possible for him to perform his duties as pastor, evangelist, and bishop. Her helpfulness and generosity won for her a host of friends. Only about one-third of the people were able to get into the church. For about a year before leaving Virginia she had light hemorrhages from the lungs which had almost entirely disappeared after coming to Colorado. However, on the evening before her death they returned, and soon after midnight the last one came which took her away in about five minutes. Funeral services were conducted at the La Junta Mennonite church by E. E. Showalter and A. M. Leatherman. Her body was laid to rest in the Mennonite plot of the Fairview Cemetery near the city. 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis Abram Showalter (1850 - 1893)
  Sallie McGuire Showalter (1851 - 1902)
 
 Spouse:
  Jacob Aaron Heatwole (1871 - 1940)*
 
 Children:
  E. Herman Heatwole (1896 - 1991)*
  Annie Charlena Heatwole Snyder (1899 - 1986)*
  Ruth Showalter Heatwole (1901 - 1936)*
  Lenna F. Heatwole Neville (1903 - 1978)*
  Sara Edith Heatwole Zehr (1914 - 2002)*
  Jacob Aaron Heatwole (1920 - 1984)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bertha Olive Showalter Heatwole (1876 - 1934)
  Effie Showalter (1880 - 1902)*
  Ancil O. Showalter (1882 - 1960)*
  Arb Cleveland Showalter (1885 - 1971)*
  Myrtie A. Showalter (1890 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairview Cemetery
La Junta
Otero County
Colorado, USA
Plot: M-31-2
 
Maintained by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Originally Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Feb 26, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18088930
Bertha Olive <i>Showalter</i> Heatwole
Added by: Tom Crago
 
 
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