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Bertha Eldon (Boltjes) Humphrey-Shepard

1927 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Bertha Eldon (Boltjes) Humphrey-Shepard Obituary
Bertha Eldon Boltjes was born May 6th, 1927 at the farmstead east of Eckley, to John George Boltjes and Dessie Marie (Fridley) Boltjes. She was the 6th child born to this union of 7 children. She lived and started school at this farm and then moved two more times to homes around the Heartstrong Colorado area and attended the Wilhart School. When she was 12 they moved back to the farm south of Eckley, where she attended the Eureka School. They moved to Otis Colorado in 1942.
She worked in the homes of others until she married Darrell Laverne Humphrey April 24, 1944. They lived with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Humphrey for 11 months then they found a farm to rent. They rented the farm for 2 years. They then purchased a farmstead southwest of Elba Colorado. Where they lived for 34 years before moving to Akron, Colorado.
To this union 4 daughters were born; Cynthia Ree Liggette, Alberta Louise Naill, Ellen Darlene Strong and Patty Lou Ehrlick. Bertha and Darrell ad been married for 53 years at the time of Darrell's death.
Bertha belonged to the Elba home demonstration club for 27 years. She served as a 4-H leader for foods and sewing for 18 years. She loved to sew, bake and can things for the Washington County fair each year trying to enter several items. She served as a County fair judge in the Home Economics Department for both 4-H and the adult divisions at several of the other county fairs in the area. She also worked at the Washington County Fair as a clerk and judge for approximately 20 years. She was very honored when she received the North Star Award.
Bertha was a member of the Rebecca Lodge #82 for many years holding the office of Grand Noble for 1 of those years. When the Akron chapter dissolved she joined the Sunflower Lodge #129 in Yuma.
She loved to dance, play cards and visit with her neighbors. She was always a hard worker and didn't sit still much, when she did she always had sewing or needle work in her hands. Dancing was how she met Richard Dean Shepard they were married September 3, 2000 at the home of Patty Ehrlick in Johnstown Colorado. They had been married for 14 years when Dean passed away suddenly in February 2015.
Bertha loved to make clothing and toys for her grandchildren they were the joy of her life, she showed each one of them unconditional love.
Bertha was proceeded in death by her parents John and Dessie Boltjes, Husband's Darrell Humphrey and Dean Shepard, Brothers; John Boltjes, George Boltjes, Sisters Dessie Boltjes, Mildred Criswell, Son-in-Law Jimmy Strong.
She is survived by her Daughters Cynthia Liggette of Raytown, MO, Alberta Naill and husband Ken of Fort Morgan, CO, Ellen Strong of Utica MS, Patty Ehrlick and husband Mark of Johnstown, CO. Sister Gayle Boltjes, brother Floyd Boltjes, Grand Children: Michelle Hubbard and husband Joel, Christine Strong, Nathon Nail and wife Erin, DeAnna Martinez, Travis Strong, Damon Naill, Christopher Ehrlick and wife Amy, Ryan Naill, Andrea Holzworth and husband Kenny, Kenny (GK) Naill III and wife Jeannette, Alisha Freauff and Husband Mike, Amy Gray and husband Chris. 23 Great-GrandChildren: Vivianna, Jorden, Kendal, Kyler, Hannah, Zander, Ezekiel, Micheal, Mason, Logan, Parker, Joshua, Daniel, Lane, Carter, Madison, Trenton, Carson, Ellamy, Zack, Kahlyn, GK IV, Josie and 3 Great-Great Grand Children: Mason, Brock and Kennedy.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Akron. Interment will follow at the Akron Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Washington County 4H Clubs, or to the United Methodist Church of Akron.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Nov. 25, 2015
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