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Bertha Barbara DeBlois
  • March 03, 1928
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  • April 27, 2017

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On April 27, 2017, God sent for an Angel and she accepted.  The Angel we are so blessed to have as our own guardian is Bertha Barbara DeBlois.  She was born on March 3, 1928 in Haverhill, MA.  I can’t imagine during her childhood that she could ever know the outstanding influence she would have on so many people.  When Bertha was 19, she married Ed DeBlois, her soul mate, her one and only love, her true heart.  Bertha was the first woman to give birth to their first child, Colleen, at West Point while Ed was active duty.  After years of service in the US Air Force and US Navy, they moved from up north to sunny Florida, had three more children, Carol, Jeanne, and Eddie Jr., and made Flagler State Park their home, as Ed was a resident park ranger.  Bertha’s life would change with the sudden death of her beloved, Ed in 1980.  Bertha leaned on her family and continued to inspire and encourage through her own strength.  She served with Girl Scouts, and was awarded her 25-year service medal, to which she was so proud.  In 2009, Bertha would again face tragedy with the death of her oldest daughter, Colleen.  She made her home with her middle daughter and son-in-law, where she lived until God sent for her.  She loved her family with all of her heart and you knew it when she’d say, “I love you a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck.”  Bertha loved starting the day early and you knew it by her telling you, sometimes with her cow bell, “Sun’s up, it’s time to get up!”  She was a very petite, amazing lady who gave you everything and asked for nothing in return. Bertha is survived by her three children, Eddie, Carol, Jeanne and son-in-law Bobby.  She also leaves 1 sister Patricia Garland, 11 grand children, 24 great grand children, and 11 great-great grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews, and many loved ones. Bertha was affected by diabetes and dementia.  If you’d like to help fight the awful diseases, please give to: Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org


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  1. 16 Jul 2017
    Carol Barnes posted an image:
    A more recent picture of us together.
    A more recent picture of us together.

  2. 16 Jul 2017
    Carol Barnes posted an image:
    Even though this was years ago this will always be my favorite of us together
    Even though this was years ago this will always be my favorite of us together

  3. 16 Jul 2017
    Carol Barnes says:
    I tried to post this back in May with no success so I will try again. I WILL MISS YOU SOOOOO MUCH MOM. You were not only the head of our family but the loving, caring and best Mom there ever was. You were always there for us and even though you are no longer here I know you are always with us and protecting us. That is the kind of Mom you were. You taught us how to be honest, fair, loving, caring and to look out for each other. You always treat your children as equals. You showed any favorites. I think of you always and will once again see you again. I talk to you every day and my children, grandson and great grand babies talk about you all the time. All the love you showed them and the times you spend with them. Love you Mom and miss you so much.

  4. 16 Jun 2017
    PAUL DEBLOIS says:
    I REMEMBER AS KIDS, PLAYING IN DERRY NH, HAVING GREAT FAMILY MEMORIES......YOU WILL BE MISSED AUNTIE, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN...
    LOVE NEPHEW, PAUL DEBLOIS

  5. 13 May 2017
    Carol Barnes lit a candle:
    Lit since May 13, 2017 at 5:19:33 AM

  6. 09 May 2017
    Rob and Deb Brown says:
    I remember Aunt Bertha's smile and love for family. She always loved to eat laugh and give hugs. We will miss you and cherish the memories and good times we had.

  7. 08 May 2017
    Nikki says:
    I remember fishing,crabbing and the Christmas parades with nana. She loved her tootsie rolls and would wave and smile so they would throw candy and I would get it for her. Her laugh was contagious and her hugs would melt you. May you rest in peace nana....love always and forever your giggles(nikki)

  8. 08 May 2017
    Nikki lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2017 at 5:09:12 AM

  9. 07 May 2017
    susan j patnaude says:
    So much love and not enough room to tell everyone all the beautiful times I remember about you and I and the kids. Our lifes were crosses through out our lifes many times and I must say not one of them were bad you love me like a daughter and I loved you like a mom .My heart is broken not for her moving on as I know she is not in pain and she now is with Ed and Colleen But heart breaks that your time here as ended and My best friend is hurting so bad. I told you that I would be there for Jeanne and I will do my very best to do that.You know we love each other like sisters... Love you Ma and miss you bad. xoxoxoxoxoxox

  10. 07 May 2017
    Debbie Cormier says:
    Many years ago on mothers day, Bertha (mum) asked me why I looked so sad,i told her that I would anything to have my mum here, she told me that she would be my mum until I could see my mum some day.I really thought that was so kind and wonderful of her.Iwill miss her with all my heart-------love and kisses MUM

  11. 07 May 2017
    Susie says:
    Loving your Mom was like loving my own as she welcomed everyone into her heart as though we belong to her. I am going to Miss her and through you Jeanne i will still feel apart of her with you. The love I hold for you and Carol is one like family. My prayers are with you all keep staying strong as they is what she want of you. Love you xoxox

  12. 07 May 2017
    Barbara Ann lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:22:56 PM

  13. 07 May 2017
    Barbara Ann lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:22:23 PM

  14. 07 May 2017
    Crystal and family lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:16:54 PM

  15. 07 May 2017
    Ralph and Millie cook says:
    I only met her a couple times but I felt comfortable to call her mom and you could tell she had a kind soul. She will be greatly missed

  16. 07 May 2017
    Shannon Goodwin says:
    Nana was a wonderful woman who touched ever soul she came across. She loved her family with her whole heart and extended family that I was blessed to be a part of. May she rest in piece ❤

  17. 07 May 2017
    Cheri Metcalf says:
    My Nana was the most amazing, loving, caring woman. I loved sitting and listening to her stories from the past. She had the biggest heart always making sure everyone around her was OK. Nana you will be missed dearly. Fly high Nana gone but never forgotten. I love you a bushel and a peck with a hug around the neck.

  18. 07 May 2017
    Cheri Metcalf lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:54:05 AM

  19. 07 May 2017
    Jeanne VanAller says:
    I thank God for giving me you as my Mom. You were the greatest Mom anyone could have ever asked for. You were my rock my soul my BEST friend. I will miss you everyday of my life but I know we will be together again some day. I love and miss you Momma

  20. 07 May 2017
    Jeanne VanAller says:
    You were more then just the best Mom. You were my rock, my soul, my best friend. I will miss you everyday but know that we will be together again one day. I love and miss you Momma

  21. 07 May 2017
    Jeanne VanAller lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:14:46 AM

  22. 07 May 2017
    Jeanne VanAller lit a candle:
    Lit since May 7, 2017 at 5:14:12 AM

  23. 07 May 2017
    Jeanne VanAller posted an image:
    Momma and I at the beach.  She loved the beach.
    Momma and I at the beach. She loved the beach.

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