Bertha Salls Ring

Bertha Salls Ring

SPRINGVALE - Bertha Salls Ring, 76, of Springvale, formerly of West Paris, died peacefully at home on Dec. 31, 2012, surrounded by her family.

Bertha was born in St. Johnsbury, Vt., on Feb. 1, 1936, the daughter of Gerald and Helen (Brock) Knapp. She moved to Maine, where she worked in several capacities, including driving a bus, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Bertha enjoyed bird watching, her cats, watching old spaghetti westerns, NASCAR, and listening to country music. She also had an extensive collection of teddy bears. A Yankee in every sense of the word, she will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, wife and sister who will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

She was predeceased by a son, Richard Salls, of Ocala, Fla.

Survivors include her sister, Geraldine Pray, and her husband, Victor, of Mechanic Falls; 12 children, Irene Macie and her husband, Wayne, of Ocala, Fla., Kenny Salls and his wife, Kathy, of Mechanic Falls, Jenny Jacobsen and her husband, Sonny, of South Paris, Robert Salls, of Biddeford, Christine Morrison and her husband, Dave, of Shapleigh, Kathy Haley and her fiance, Wyatt Andrews, of Waterford, Elwin Salls, Jr., and his wife, Robyn, of South Paris, Donald Salls and his wife, Marge, of Bridgton, Michael Salls and his wife, Lois, of Otisfield, Gordon Salls and his wife, Theresa, of Springvale, and Melissa Heath, of West Paris; 32 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of Bertha's life will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Oxford Advent Christian Church, 1130 Street, in Oxford.

Burial will be in the spring in Pine Grove Cemetery in Poland.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the , 470 Forest Avenue Suite 302, Portland, Maine 04101.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

Condolences can be expressed at

Published in Fosters from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2013