Gertrude Barting

December 18, 1927March 16, 2021

Gertrude (Curtis) Barting was born on December 18, 1927, to Will and Francis (Hall) Curtis, in Albion, MI, the youngest of 10 siblings. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, after a brief illness, she gained her heavenly wings. Gertrude accepted Christ at an early age and was an active member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, serving in the choir, Pastor’s Aid and Kitchen Committee. In 1960 she wedded William D. Word, Sr. and to this union two lovely children were born.

Gertrude was educated in the Albion Public School system, attending Westward and Washington Gardner Schools. Always a hard worker, Gertrude worked locally in the Albion community providing domestic care to local families, then working at Corning Glass, A to Z Sweeper Shop and the Albion Public School System. An avid cook, Gert catered many holiday events as well.

In 1984, she married, Robert H. Barting and re-located to Detroit, MI. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, serving in the choir and Pastors Aid. While in Detroit, Gertrude was employed by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Harper Grace Hospital as a Nutritional Aide. In 2003, after retirement, Gertrude and Robert returned home to Albion, where she re-joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, joined the Citizens to Beautify Albion and the Albion NAACP.

In February 2019 she was acknowledged by the Albion chapter of the NAACP for her dedication and service to the Albion community and in September 2019, she was proud and honored to be crowned Mrs. Macedonia. Gertrude was indeed a social butterfly and could tell a story like NO OTHER. She was sure to make you laugh while remaining prime and proper. She retained a lot of the Albion history and could give details of various historical events over the years. She loved and adored her family, as well as her church and church family and spent countless hours over the years preparing for various functions and events that involved both.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two children: son, William David Word, Jr., of Albion, MI., and daughter, Denise L. Word (Rod) Eady, of Bonaire, GA. God-daughter, Elizabeth F. Craig, of Albion, MI. Six grandchildren: Mario G. Moore, Kalamazoo, MI.; Damaria L. Word, College Park, GA.; William D. Word, III, Kalamazoo, MI.; Jalen J. Ben, Winston, ND.; Kyra J. Eady, Atlanta, GA. and Derek E. Word, Charlevoix, MI. Seven Great Grand Children: William D. IV, Mason, Dustin, Kevin, Kaylee, Damyln & Elite; brother, Dr. James L. Curtis, sister-in-love, Essie L. Curtis; special nieces: Rosie L. Chatman, Johnna Adams Robinson & A. Denise Maxwell; darlings: Barbara L. & Varoni L. Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, loved ones and special friends. Gertrude was preceded in death by her spouse, Robert, her parents, and eight (8) siblings.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Family Hour

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Home Going Services

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021


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Stacy Gatz

March 23, 2021

Our hearts goes out to our neighbor's family in response to the passing of Gertrude. We enjoyed having her has a neighbor. She was very welcoming when I moved to Albion and always watched our home when we went to visit family. There was a comment in the obituary about her storytelling. I remember getting invited in after starting the practice of leaving hanging flower baskets on her porch after Spring Break as a thank you for keeping an eye on things. I still remember her pointing out the pictures of family members and sharing her pride in her children's accomplishments. She also gave advice on a few things to keep me safe. She's the only one, besides my next door neighbor who passed a few years after I moved here, who I was able to really get to know on our block (though her son we met has been super nice as well). I guess that speaks to her social personality - a "social butterfly" as she was referred to. As I look at her butterflies on the house reflecting back, I wish her well in her new life, "a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come." I pray all her family returns to their respective homes safely and that God gives them comfort and peace. -Stacy and Bill

Valerie Barbour

March 23, 2021

Dear Mrs.. Gertrude Barting ( Aunt Gert) Your Dear Friend Elizabeth is truly shaken because you are gone You know she dearly loved you and so you know we loved you too Just know we will take good care of your friend Elizabeth So Rest Aunt Gert in God's Loving Care
Forever Loved By Elizabeth and The Whole Carter Family
Rest Well Darling

Wilmern Griffin

March 23, 2021

I have known Gert all my life she was more than a close friend to my family. When I think of Gert, I can draw a direct line to my Family history in Albion. In fact my parents were married at her home on Austin/Mallory. Her and my Aunt Celia were the best of friends and she was a older sister to my mother. There are so many memories.
I would like both David and Denise along with the rest of the family. To know how sorry I am that Gert's earthly life is over. But I do know a list of folks will be waiting to welcome her to the Kingdom. I pray that God comforts all you as you prepare to celebrate her Homegoing.

Steve Tabarez

March 23, 2021

David and Denise, offering my deepest sympthies and condolences to you and all your family members. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you carry on all the goodness and kindness your mother offered to all who needed it. Be at peace. I'm sure she is.

Nikki Wilson-Threlkeld

March 23, 2021

I am sending you and your family my deepest condolences. I will keep you in my prayers

Sylvia Alexis

March 22, 2021

Dear Denise & David, I would like to offer you my Condolences. I am saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved mother, my dear Aunt Gert. I have always loved her keen sense of humor and I will never forget how good it made me feel whenever I heard her laughter. My most vivid memories of Aunt Gert are of her laughing about the things my sister Carol and I would say "in our sort of Canadian way" as kids. I understand what you are going through right now is not easy because I know what it feels like to lose a parent or to not have a parent. May SHE Rest In Peace. Kind Regards and Best Wishes, Your Cousin: Sylvia Alexis

Michelle Cruz

March 22, 2021

Mrs Batting was always kind too me , she was a beautiful person with a big heart she will be missed..

Sandra Twymon

March 22, 2021

David and Denise, I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. I know this is difficult for you and all who knew her. I pray you find comfort in memories of your Mom. Your Mom saved the Lord all the days of her life. And now, Mrs. Gertrude has gained her wings.
God Bless,
Sandra Twymon-Orr

Carol Clarke

March 21, 2021

Hi. I am Carol Clarke, (formerly Curtis) and I am Gertrude's niece. My most vivid memory of Aunt Gert was being at her home, as a child, where there were no other children, and playing with a doll, while she was entertaining guests. I felt lonely and wanted attention, so I approached Aunt Gert and said, "Aunt Gert, will you braid my doll's hair?" While continuing to talk to her guests, she braided the doll's long, blond hair into one long braid at the back. I went away, undid the braid, then came back and asked her again to braid the doll's hair, and she did. This happened a few more times, and Aunt Gert never hesitated to rebraid my doll's hair each time I asked.

Mary baldwin Baldwin

March 20, 2021

Rest in peace my sister from another mother you will always assisted to our family never a sister-in-law we going to miss you and we all love you so much I'm going to miss that talks the time we laughed so hard about my sister who love you so much your sister buy another mother rest in peace you have done what we all have to do we miss you love you and will never forget you God bless you you don't have to worry about hurting anymore not even the time you said your teeth hurt rest in peace my sister we loves you but I know God loves you best