Bertha Porter passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in her home in Holbrook after a long battle with illness, with her husband and daughters by her side. Services were held Feb. 1 at the Holbrook Stake Center.
She was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Joseph City in the family home to Ivy (Randall) and Charles DeSpain. She spent her childhood growing up in Joseph City, Holbrook and surrounding area ranches. She attended grade school in Joseph City and graduated from Holbrook High School.
Bertha met her life love when they were very young children in Joseph City, and they were married on Jan. 14, 1949, in the Mesa Temple. They lived in Joseph City for a few years, and then moved to Holbrook to set up and run their business, Service Electric, until just a year ago.
She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. They were very blessed to have her as a constant figure in their childhood. She loved her roles as a wife, mother, grandmother and bookkeeper for the business, and she loved the cowboy life she knew as a child. She had a deep love for her little dogs and treated them like her children.
Camping and hunting trips with family and friends were her next great love. Reminiscing around a campfire, big enjoyable meals, long walks and togetherness were always made time for. She was always the most happy and content while on the mountain with family.
She also loved her church, and took pride in holding and giving her best in all the church callings she held. She believed in her Heavenly Father and Jesus, and the comfort they brought to her life.
She leaves behind her husband of 67 years, Hal D. Porter; three daughters, Jeanie Porter, Martha (Jack) Brooks and Carolyn (Gary) Rice; six grandchildren, Timalee (Chad) Guetterman, Travis (Melissa) Brooks, Ben (Annie) Cluff, Trenton Brooks, Mana (Kevin) Hoskins and Gary Rice Jr.; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Brad Charles (Donna) DeSpain.
She was preceded in death by her younger sister, and her father and mother.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First Step Workshop and the Humane Society in Holbrook.
Norvel Owens Mortuary of Flagstaff was in charge of the arrangements.