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Bertha Lyells

Bertha Lyells of Rifle died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle. She was 90.

She was born Feb. 15, 1913, in Grand Junction to Marie Bill and Jacob Kaufman. They were Russian immigrants who came to the United States in 1909 and settled in Fruita.

Bertha Kaufman married Ephraim Lyells on April 30, 1946, in Florence. He preceded her in death in 1976.



Mrs. Lyells worked as a seamstress for Henry’s, Wilson’s and Miller’s department stores in Rifle, and had her own seamstress business.

Her home and her family were her great joys. She kept a beautiful yard that bloomed with flowers. Mrs. Lyells was a special lady who knew everyone and had a great many friends.



She was preceded in death by her husband; by a son, David Lyells, who died in 2001; by brothers Jack Kaufman, Sam Kaufman, Godie Kaufman and Henry Kaufman; and by sisters Marie Kaufman Rohrig and Martha Kaufman Stephens.

Mrs. Lyells is survived by a daughter-in-law, Debra Lyells; by a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Doug and Mindy Lyells; and by a great-granddaughter, Audra Lyells. All are of Rifle.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 27, at Rifle Funeral Home Chapel, 1400 Access Road, Rifle, with the Rev. Ken Carlson of the United Methodist-Presbyterian Church of Rifle officiating. Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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