Bertha Brashears, 73, Brazil, passed away March 28, 2009, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, following a rather lengthy illness.
She was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Vigo County, to Orlie Freeman and Lola Merle (Leonard) Hyde. She graduated from Glenn High School with the class of 1953 and later attended night classes in Indianapolis earning a certificate in Respiratory Care. She was married to John "Jack" Patrick Brashears. She began working for Union Hospital as a dietitian and later began Union Hospital's Respiratory Care Unit along with Mr. Dave Greggs. She retired from Union in 1998. She attended the Church of Christ in Brazil. In her free time, she enjoyed playing the Hoosier Lottery and the Power Ball. She also enjoyed watching the Price is Right and Jeopardy, Cubs Baseball and the Indianapolis Colts. She dearly loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and will forever be remembered for her since of humor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Marsha Jean Brashears, siblings: Ruth Feltner, Austin Hyde, and Hazel Loser, brother-in-law Theodore Mark Bass nephews Mark Bass, Stanley Hyde and life friend LeRoy Herrington.
Survivors include her son Curtis Brashears, Redgranite, Wis., three grandchildren: Katie Brashears Fond du Lac, Wis., Abigail Brashears, Omro, Wis., and Kenneth Brashears, Berlin, Wis., great-grandson Jackson Curtis Brashears, former daughter-in-law and close friend of the family Sara Brashears, Fond du Lac, Wis., siblings Iris Imogene Bass and Freeman Hyde Jr., Brazil, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at French Funeral Home Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 7 p.m., with Brother Jim Porter officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday, from 4 p.m. until time of services. At her request cremation has been scheduled. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Union Hospital in her memory. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.