January 13 2004


Posted by Kim
Bertha A. Walston, 90
Funeral Services were held for Bertha A. Walston Monday, January 12, 2004, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Rev. Keith Nelson officiating. Burial was held Tuesday, January 13 at the Kennebec Cemetery.
Bertha A. Walston, 90 of Sturgis, SD died at the Sturgis Community Health Care on Friday, January 9, 2004.
Bertha was born at Sioux City, Iowa on November 9, 1913 to Albert and Ida (Powell) Andreen. When she was five years old her parents came to South Dakota and they homesteaded 12 miles north of Kennebec. Albert, her father immigrated from Sweden. He loved horses and was also a good blacksmith. Therefore Bertha loved horses and helped her father on the ranch, riding her horse Topsy who was broke and trained by the cowboys of the Gifford ranch near by. After graduating from high school in 1932 Bertha went to college in Spearfish and became a teacher. She taught country school. She was married to Cecil Walston on January 16, 1937 at Winner, SD. They later moved to Redfield where their four children were born. In 1949, the couple moved back to Kennebec and once again Bertha returned to teaching. She taught country school, was acting County superintendent for a year, but missed teaching. She taught the country school at Lyman for many years. In 1960 she and her husband Cecil moved to Rapid City where she taught 5th grade at Grandview Elementary School for over 20 years.
Bertha was a favorite among her students. She was an exceptional artist and writer. She had a wonderful sense of humor, which was depicted, in her drawings.
In 1995, she and Cecil moved to Sturgis to Heritage Acres. They were members of the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil Walston, Sturgis; two daughters and their husbands, Ivah and Marvin Smith and Donna and Dan Mayer, all of Sturgis; two sons and their wives, Bud and Mary Walston and Wendell and Donna Walston, all of Surprise, AZ; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one niece and her husband, Wanda and Keith Williamson of Sioux Falls, SD.
A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church.

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