OBITUARY

Bertha Elizabeth Walker

April 21, 1923March 5, 2019
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Bertha Elizabeth Day Walker 95 of Hickory passed away on March 5, 2019 at Carolina Caring. Born on April 21, 1923 in Caldwell County, NC. She was the daughter of the late John Day and Sarah Day. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Paul Walker; brothers, William Day and Ray Price; sisters, May Day and Ruth Price; granddaughter, Brandy Seagle. Survivors include; daughters, Brenda Seagle and husband Brian, Kendra Eller and husband Sanford; grandchildren, Jason Seagle, Kenny Eller and Bryan Eller and wife Vanessa; great grandchildren, Jesame Eller, Ki Eller and Azreal Eller. A memorial service will be held at 4 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Catawba Funeral Home located at 3060 Hwy 70 SE in Newton, NC 28658. A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 3:45pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Carolina Caring at 3975 Robinson Rd. Newton, NC 28658. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Walker Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.

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Joe Griffey

March 11, 2019

My family extends its heart felt sympathy for your loss.

Rev. Ronnie W. Parker

March 7, 2019

Dear Family,
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you on the death of Miss Bertha.
My father, Ernest Parker is @ Brian Center too.
I always enjoy speaking to your dear Mother each time I visited the center.
What a beautiful smile she had and sweet spirit she expressed to me on each visit.
Miss Velma was so sad along with many of the residents there yesterday.
Know of my prayers and thoughts.
Reverend Ronnie W. Parker Maiden, N.C.

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Biography

      Many things can be said about Bertha Elizabeth Walker. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Bertha was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Bertha was born on April 21, 1923 in Caldwell County in the city of Lenoir, North Carolina. Her parents were Sarah and John Day. Bertha was raised in Buffalo, North Carolina. When she was young, Bertha's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Bertha demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      Bertha grew up with two sisters, one brother and one half brother. She had two sisters, Ruth and May, one brother, Bill and one half brother, Ray. Bertha was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Bertha carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Bertha was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Bertha sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Bertha always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Bertha’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Bertha would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Bertha was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends was Doris Keane. Later in life, she became friends with Thelma Shumaker.

      On December 1, 1954 Bertha married Kenneth Walker in Hickory, North Carolina. Compassionate and devoted, Bertha worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Kenneth came first in Bertha’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Kenneth’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Bertha did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Bertha was truly a person of empathy.

      Bertha’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Bertha shared these values with her three children, one son, Paul and two daughters, Brenda and Kendra. Bertha was also blessed with three grandchildren, Kenny, Bryan and Jason. Bertha related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Bertha experienced success in her work life over and over again. For 40 years, her primary occupation was being employed as a border. Bertha always made the effort to understand what was needed at work. Bertha took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Bertha was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Bertha took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were sewing and growing plants and flowers. Bertha enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Bertha enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Bertha were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included going to the beach.

      Bertha was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Bertha's favorite was a dog. They were best friends for 8 to 10 year and she had different ones over the years. Her family was rounded out by her cat.

      When Bertha’s retirement finally came in 1993, she was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that she was, Bertha had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Bertha knew exactly what she wanted to do. Her new life involved staying in Hickory, North Carolina. In retirement, she found new pleasure in sewing. Even in retirement, Bertha continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Bertha passed away on March 5, 2019 at Carolina Caring. Her body just gave up from old age. She is survived by her two daughters, Brenda and Kendra. Services were held at Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations. Bertha was cremated.

      Throughout her life, Bertha was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Bertha leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Bertha Elizabeth Walker.