Bertha Mae Ross |

Bertha Mae Ross

Bertha Mae Ross of Parachute died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004. She was 73.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, at Mesa Vista Assisted Living, 72 Sipprelle Drive in Parachute, with the Revs. Clifford Dixon of Century Church of Christ in Century, Fla., and Paul Martin of Meeker Church of Christ officiating.

She was born July 11, 1930, in Pheba, Miss., to Alberta White and Johnie Brackston Kirksey.

She owned and operated restaurants, and lived in Parachute for the past 30 years.

Ms. Ross loved fishing at Lake Powell and all other outdoor activities. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and was the best cook ever.

She is survived by sons Bruce Gaynon and Phillip Gaynon, both of Vermont; by daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Dan Locker of Parachute; by sisters and brothers-in-law Louella and Clifford Dixon of Brewton, Ala., Gayle and Jimmy Jetton of Paragould, Ark., and Patsy and J.W. Ross of Shelby, Ala.; by grandchildren Clinton Pontius and Clayton Pontius; and by an aunt, Cora Reed of Starkville, Miss.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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