Mrs. Bertha Loladean West Mitchell departed this life on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at the Kennedy Medical Center, Washington Township, N.J., surrounded by her family.
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She was born May 17, 1924, to the late Robert Harrison West and Lena Luvenia Armstrong West in Kistler, Pa. She was married to Adam Nathaniel Mitchell in February 1942 who preceded her in death, also preceding her in death, three sisters and four brothers.
Bertha was baptized at the age of 12 at the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Union, Pa., under the pastoralship of the Rev. Robert Spraggins. During her early years, she served as organist, and as she grew older she served as president of the junior missionary society, advisor of the junior choir and organist for the church. Bertha was a member of the Mount Hope Missionary Baptist church for 64 years, where she also served in the capacity of financial secretary for 42 years until her health begin to fail, as well as on the board of directors for the Mount Union Senior Citizens. She was a charter member of the Mount Union Little League Mothers.
She was employed by Grieco Men's Coat Factory. Upon moving to Virginia, Bertha became a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. While there she organized the crochet ministry, a member of the senior ministry choir and she attended the senior program at the community life center.
Bertha's favorite song was "Blessed Assurance."
She leaves to cherish her memory: her three children, Nathaniel Mitchell (Maureen) of Powder Springs, Ga., Linda I. Mitchell of Clayton, N.J., and Zilphia Harris (Richard) of Colonial Heights; grandchildren, Nichele Anthony (Edward), Natalee Geer, Michele Danner, Nina Johnson (Christopher), Erin Posey-Choice (Larry), Amanda Mitchell, Eddie Darrington, and Adam Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Che' Geer, Jordan Danner, Kaitlyn Anthony, Julian Mitchell, Savannah Johnson and Kristian Mitchell; special friends, Judith Mack, Allison Vaughan, and Dennis Posey; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends,
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax St., Petersburg, the Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs Sr., pastor, eulogist. Interment will be held Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at IOOF Cemetery, Mount Union, Pa.
Family visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the funeral establishment.
The family will receive friends at 109 Laurens Lane, Colonial Heights, and may be contacted by calling 804-520-4196.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mrs. Mitchell at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of the J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Dec. 25 to Dec. 26, 2013