In Loving Memory of Bertha Mae Shelley
July 12, 1932 - May 25, 2019
Bertha Mae Shelley was an adolescent when she gave her life to the Lord. While residing in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bertha attended church with her grandmother and served the Lord by playing the tambourine and singing in the choir. After the death of her husband, Bertha moved to California, where she raised her eleven children as a single parent. Upon settling in Los Angeles, it was evident Bertha had many talents and skills. She worked as a hair-stylist, a certified nursing assistant, and a restaurant hostess.
She enjoyed learning new ideas. Bertha furthered her education in food services. After completing her certification, Bertha was hired as a senior cafeteria worker with the Los Angeles Unified School District. On June 26, 2012, Bertha retired after 25 years of service.
In the early 90's, Bertha became a member of Church of the Harvest (currently The Place of Grace) under Bishop, Clarence E. McClendon. She became a greeter and served her church faithfully until her illness.
She touched many lives through her hospitality and cooking. Bertha "paid it forward" by providing a meal to anyone who came to the house and wanted to eat. She was known for her gumbo, shrimp dressing, cornbread dressing, stuffed bell peppers, red beans & rice, and potato salad, as you can see, she "loved" to cook.
Bertha valued spending quality time with her family and friends. She loved mentoring children of all ages on her job and in her community. Her pastimes were listening to music, going to the movies, reading, traveling, and "ching-ching" at the casino. Bertha always made time to worship and praise God.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leon, her sons, Lorenzo and Lonzo; daughter-in-law, Edna, and significant other, Willard Kimble. On May 25, 2019, Bertha went home to her eternal resting place.
Bertha leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Stanley, Leroy, Howard (Bernice), Hazel, Shelita, Paulette (James Mackey), Annette, Kimevette, and Bertha; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grand-child; and a host of friends.
Although her presence here on earth will be greatly missed by all, Bertha will live in our hearts and memories forever.