Mary Anne Weston Bertrand Lines, loved and loving mother and wife, gifted educator, and faithful servant of her God and her Savior, joined her family gone before on November 15, 2012.
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She was born on the farm in Madison, FL on February 7, 1930. During the latter part of World War II, the family moved four times, arriving in Yuma in August 1945, quickly settling in Bard. She enrolled at Yuma High School as a sophomore, graduating in 1948. She studied for three years at UCSB, and finished her bachelor degree at McMurry College.
She returned to Yuma in 1955, teaching in District 1 for a year before joining the faculty at Crane School in 1956, where she began teaching 2nd Grade. She met and married Gilbert Bertrand during this time, starting their family soon after.
Mom truly found her calling in teaching the earliest grades, excelling at teaching reading. After years of teaching 2nd Grade, she was asked to teach 1st Grade. After more years, she was asked to develop a method and practice for teaching children not quite ready for 1st Grade. Her understanding, patience and discipline built this request into a successful program, that gained attention from educators statewide. Some said Mom could teach a brick wall to read.
Mom was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and was inducted into the YCEF Educators Hall of Fame in 2002.
In 1990, Mom married Wilton Lines, and after 34 years retired from Crane School. In retirement, she and Wilton served the Lord as Temple workers at the LDS Arizona Temple, and twice as genealogy missionaries at the LDS Church's Genealogy Library in Salt Lake City.
She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Wilton Lines, her sister Florence Weston Colby-Layman, son Edward Weston Bertrand, daughter Roxanne Bertrand (David) Staats; and grandchildren Cody, Sierra, Corrie and Payson Staats.
She was preceded in death by parents Hamilton Rosser Weston and Audrey Raines Weston, and husband Gilbert Maurice Bertrand (1975).
Services will be Friday November 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4300 W. 16th Street. Viewing will proceed at 9:30 A.M. at that address. Graveside service will be at Desert Lawn immediately after.
Pallbearers are Edward Bertrand, David Staats, Cody Staats, Payson Staats, Pete Pancrazi, and Andy Pancrazi. Gary Lance Bertrand is honorary pallbearer.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice of Yuma in the name of Mary Anne Lines.
Published in The Yuma Sun on Nov. 20, 2012