Funeral services for Bertha Elizabeth Prather (Leard) (Grovenburg), Johnson, age 89 who passed away September 6, 2013, will be held at the graveside in the family plot in the Ochelata Cemetery at 11 A.M. on Saturday, September 14, 2013 and under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory.
Mrs. Johnson was born in Osage County, west of Ochelata on February 10, 1924. She was the daughter of George Raleigh Prather and Jessie Marie (Kilgore) Prather. Mrs. Johnson worked for Sears Roebuck Co. from 1970 to 1974; she worked for two years as manager of the Ochelata Grocery Store; and worked for two years for the City of Bartlesville before going to work for the State Election Board of Washington County, where she was the Election Board Secretary for 12 years. Mrs. Johnson retired in 1991.
Bertha and Alta Lee Leard were married December 31, 1943 in Bartlesville. She married James A. Grovenburg on April 15, 1961 in the Baptist Church in Ochelata. James passed away June 10, 1990. She then married Ralph H. Johnson on April 28, 1992 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bertha has made her home in and around Ochelata all of her life. She graduated valedictorian from Ochelata High School in 1943.
Mrs. Johnson is survived by one daughter and a son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley (Sandra Elaine) Tidwell of Midlothian, Texas; two sons, William A and Gayla Grovenburg of Coweta, Oklahoma and Buddy Lee Leard and Ann of Ochelata, five grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and five step children, R. Leroy Johnson, Rick Johnson, Sue Kindall, Verla Grenfel and Annie Johnson. Also surviving is one brother, George Henry Prather of Bartlesville. Bertha was preceded in death by her father and mother, George and Jessie Prather; one brother, Jack Walter Prather, and one sister, Stella Mae (Gardner) Evans.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.