Bertha Mae Davis was born June 21, 1932 to the union of the late Guy Clark Sr. and Lavella Bratcher Clark in Oran, Missouri. All 11 sibling also preceded her in death.
Bertha graduated in 1952 from Bell High School. She had taken several college courses in banking which assisted her in the banking industry, from teller, to personal banker at Sears Bank, to becoming Vice President at Community Bank of Lawndale which she retired. She was requested back for her knowledge which she gladly obliged.
Bertha membership was at Central Missionary Baptist Church. She was a faithful member of the Central Missionary Baptist Church, she did the church bulletins, and she was one of the founders of The Arthur Hubbard Junior Children’s Choir. Bertha was committed to serving. Her mission was singing in the Mass State Gospel Choir and nursing homes where she met her husband, the late Pastor Lee A. Davis. They were married on March 11, 1972 by Rev. Arthur Hubbard Jr. Her two sisters Oradell and Naomi were witnesses. Bertha joined 2nd Mt. Vernon as a member she did a variety of things she sung in the choir, chairperson over Women’s Day, missionary work, over the food baskets, decorating of the church, and other various committees.
Bertha loved baking cakes, kept her home immaculate, she sewed, and loved shopping with her younger sister Mrs. Oradell.
Bertha was a miracle survivor of an aneurysm in 2004, doctors had called the family in, but God kept her here for 15 more years. Her memory for songs and bible verses were exceptionally good. 2013, Rev. Davis would ask her to find and read a bible verse, and she would read the whole scripture. Many times, she could quote bible verses. 2016, she was still singing, she would ask me 5x or more are we going to church. Bertha loved church. After she had fallen and went to rehab in 2017ther was a noticeable change, but she started back walking. Summer 2018, she was still busy but not able to speak much. She loved company would smile even had times she remembered a person; she had a wonderful appetite. During her last few months she was so sweet, loving, humble, she really liked listening to gospel music. Not able to speak she said thank you or that food looks good almost every time I brought her a meal. Monday, October 28th, late evening Bertha struggled to eat most of her dinner. Tuesday morning, she didn’t want to get up nor eat.
Bertha made her transition on the 1st Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. My sister Sandra Collins, her husband Rev. Collins, and Sister Willie Mae Collins had sung and prayed. Aunt Bertha passed in their presence.
She leaves to cherish her memories her caregiver: Sheryl Middlebrooks of nearly 7 years; A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, In-laws, her 2nd Mt. Vernon Church Family, and friends.
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