September 17, 1947 – January 4, 2019
Bertha Flores, also known as “Birdie,” lost her battle with cancer on January 4, 2019, at 7:25 am.
Born in Austin, Texas, Birdie moved to California in 1964 with her family. After finishing high school at Mark Keppel High School, she worked at Sears, Transamerica Insurance, and then worked as a Legal Secretary for many years in Los Angeles for Heller Ehrman LLP and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
Birdie was also very active for many years with the San Gabriel Valley Legal Secretaries Association holding many of the offices in the organization. Birdie’s passions were treasure hunting at estate sales, beautifying her yard and garden, and spending time with friends and family. Birdie also enjoyed traveling, hosting gatherings at her home, and she was constantly working on home improvement projects.
Birdie fought the battle for several years. When her daughter-in-law Celene became pregnant with twins, Birdie’s goal was to make it to the birth of her grand-babies. Then her goal was to make it to their first birthday party. She reached both goals with strength and determination.
On New Year's Eve 2018, two days after hosting her grand-babies first birthday party, Birdie was admitted into the hospital and quietly passed away with her family by her side on January 4, 2019 at 7:25 a.m. Birdie will be missed not only for her love of family and friends but for her boundless energy to help anyone in need. Birdie is now resting in peace.
Birdie will be joining her Mom, Dad, and little sister Mercy in heaven, but will be missed by her son, Michael, her daughter-in-law, Celene (nee Heman), her grandchildren, Miles and Naila, sisters and brothers, Alice M. Flores Latham, Yolanda Yellin-Flynt, Herlinda Salter, Patricia Flores Garcia, Rose Marie Luthi, Daniel Flores and six nieces and four nephews.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. service at 12:00 noon at Pierce Brothers Turner & Stevens Mortuary, 1136 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel CA 91776 PH: 626-287-0595
Celebration of Birdie’s life immediately following at Arcadia Woman’s Club, 324 S. 1st Ave, Arcadia, CA 91006
In lieu of flowers if you wish to donate to St. Jude we have set up a fund: St. Jude.org Click on Ways To Give Under Memorial Giving, Click on Create a Memorial Fund Search for Gift Fund: Bertha Flores
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pierce Brothers Turner & Stevens Mortury
1136 E. Las Tunas Drive
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January 21, 2019
My sister was my best friend. She was my design on a dime decorator and would always come over before our parties and add her special touch to my house. She will always be with us and we will make sure that her grand-babies remember how much they were loved by her.