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 Bertha Jane <I>Johnston</I> Evans

Bertha Jane Johnston Evans

Birth
Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jan 2013 (aged 100)
Olympia, Thurston County, Washington, USA
Burial Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 103787339 · View Source
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Dauther of
George C Johnston
Lila Coleman

Bertha was the eldest of ten children. Seven of her siblings have preceeded her in death. She married James Layne Evans July 27, 1931. She moved to Mason County, in 1933, with her husband and nine month old son, Chester.

While living in Shelton, Bertha gave birth to two daughters, Elloise, in 1934, and Sylvia, in 1935. The family moved to Harstine Island, where she gave birth to
twin girls, Dorthy and Della, in 1938. Tragically, Della died at four months, and is buried in the Ballow cemetery. Life was a challange during those deep depression years, it was life a lot like the pioneer days, no electricity, no telephone, living in an old creaky, uninsulated schoolhouse, with four small children, and no bridge to the mainland.

Bertha convinced her father to leave the coal mines of West Virginia, and move the family to Shelton, where he and his sons found work, and began to prosper, raising families and living their entire lives in Mason County. For several years, Bertha's family lived on the "O'Neal Ranch", now a county park.

When "the war" started in 1941, jobs became more plentiful, and Bertha's husband moved the family to Matlock, and they began to enjoy a more prosperous life. The family lived for a few years in Hoquiam and Southern Oregon, and many years in the Yakima valley, where her husband James died in 1979.

Bertha was a Christian all her life, never swearing or using alcohol. She believed in the power of prayer, and often prayed to her Heavenly Father. Her earnest prayer was that she would see her family in Heaven. Bertha lost all her daughters: Elloise in 1994, Dorthy in 1997, and Sylvia in 2000.


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  • Originally Created by: Leslie T
  • Added: 19 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103787339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bertha Jane Johnston Evans (9 Jun 1912–11 Jan 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103787339, citing West Hills Memorial Park, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .