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Ms. Bertha M. Girtley known as Ms. BaBa or Sapphire passed away on December 29, 2016 at home in Georgia, surrounded by family. She was born on November 5, 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Eldest daughter of the late Aline Lacy and Luther McNelty. Bertha was a homemaker, who especially loved to cook on holidays. Bertha was a kind-hearted and giving person to anyone who needed or asked for it. She was feisty and fussy little lady who will be remembered for her strong personality and "strong choice words". Bertha had a special love for all of her children and grandchildren. She imparted priceless words of wisdom into all of us, and was a true fighter until her last day of life. Ms. Bertha Girtley was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia Girtley-Wilcox, her sister Yvonne Wilson, brothers, Luther and Junior; and her long time companion Willie Tate Jr. Bertha is survived by her five children; Tonette of Georgia, Lynn, Jerry, Lawrence and Raymond of New Orleans; Sister Laura of Macrombe, Mississippi; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend Funeral Services at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 9:00am. Visitation will begin at 8:00am. Interment: Resthaven Cemetery. Arrangements by D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave.