Bertie Eva Burke, a former resident of Dexter, the daughter of the late Sidney Albert Cousins and Ora Agnes Clark Cousins, was born on Dec. 25, 1908, in Aid and died Friday, June 20, 2008, in the Care Manor Nursing Home in Mountain Home, Ark.
Preceding her in death were brothers and sisters, Ruby Boyer, Howard Cousins, Wilma Curtis and Raymond Cousins.
She is survived by five children, Norene Kruse Johnson of Weed, Calif., Lee Southerland of Mountain Home, Ark., Charles Southerland of Gepp, Ark., Artice Southerland of Lake Orion, Mich., and Martha Southerland Waggoner of Festus; 19 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.
Bertie enjoyed many years as a licensed practical nurse in St. Louis and Kansas City before her retirement in 1972.
Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, 2008, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Artice Southerland officiating.
Interment will follow in the Rock Hill Cemetery near Puxico.