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Lou Bertha Shields


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Lou Bertha Shields Obituary
Lou Bertha Shields was born on April 4, 1925 in Noxapater, Mississippi to the union of George and Viola Beamon. Lou Bertha was the third child of seven born to George and Viola. She became a Christian early in life, at Mt. Pleasant # 2 Missionary Baptist Church. There she became a member of the usher board. In 1946, she left Mississippi for a better life in Gary, IN. Once in Gary she worked various waitress and housekeeping jobs. She met and married Thomas Shields. Lou Bertha worked for the former Slicks Laundry in Gary for several years until she became one of the 1st crossing guards to work under the supervision of the Gary Police Department, then later for the Gary School City Corporation for a total of 37 years. Lou Bertha became a member and was baptized again, in 1977 at New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev W.N. Reed. While there she was an active member of the Senior Usher Board, until her health first began to decline. Lou Bertha, or as most lovingly called her, "Miss Bertha", was an avid sports fan. "Miss Bertha" had a love for baseball and basketball. Her favorite teams were the Chicago Cubs, the Gary South Shore Railcats, and all the teams at Merrillville Little League. She watched every Chicago Bulls game that she could each night of the season on TV. She was hoping for a Cubs world series soon. Lou Bertha was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thomas, her mother and father, sisters; Walterine Cunningham, Mary Jordan, and Dorothy Bullock. Brothers Q. B. Beamon, and Jessie Beamon, and grandson Andy Swanson. Lou Bertha leaves behind to cherish her memory, sister Erma Lee Marshall, brother-in-law James Marshall, sister-in-law Bessie Beamon, daughters Dorothy Jean Mossett, Latonia Shields-Marsh, son-in-law Harold Dean Marsh; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; and a host family, friends, and others that she loved as her own children. Visitation Tuesday September 8, 2015 from 12-8:00 p.m. Family hours 6-8:00 p.m. at The Guy & Allen Chapel. Funeral services Wednesday September 9, 2015 11:00 a.m. at New Mt. Moriah M.B. Church 1917 Carolina St. Rev. W.N. Reed officiating. Interment Ridgelawn Cemetery.
Published in the Post Tribune on Sept. 6, 2015
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