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Mar. 23, 1959 - Sept. 11, 2012

Bertha "Berdie" Avila, a lifetime resident of Holtville, California, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012 in UCSD Thornton Hospital, after a year long battle with stomach cancer.
Bertha was born in Calexico, California on March 23, 1959 to Jose and Lucilla Guillen. She attended Holtville schools and graduated from Holtville High School in 1978. In December 19, 1987 she married Aurelio Avila. She was employed by the Holtville School District where she worked for 32 years as a teacher's assistant, working with special education children. Her kindness made her very popular with her students and she enjoyed meeting them years after they had left her class, to be reminded that they still remembered her. Bertha enjoyed exercising with her sisters and shopping with the daughter she adored, Alyssa. She was known for her sweet smile and gentle nature and was a favorite caregiver to her nieces and nephews. Bertha was generous with her time and talents, and never said "no" when asked for a favor. She was always willing to help others, without ever expecting anything in return. Bertha was greatly loved by her family and admired by her friends. She will be missed by all those that knew her.
Bertha is survived by her husband, Aurelio; her daughter, Alyssa; her mother, Lucilla; her brothers, Steve (Gloria), Harvey, Art (Maria) and Pete (Georganne); her sisters, Teresa, Gracie (Rodney) and Mary (Jeff) and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jose and her brother, Joe.
Funeral Service will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Holtville on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 9 a.m.

Published in Imperial Valley Press Online from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2012
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