Bertha Lenna Hodges d 24 March 1963

Bertha Lenna Hodges was born 26 June 1866, in Nicholsville, Nova Scotia, the second of six children of Joseph C and Sarah (Banks) Hodges.  The family was counted in the 1871 and 1881 Canada census in the Aylesford area.

Bertha married Wesley Hutton Hodges, son of Ralph and Mary (Hodges) Hodges on 16 September 1890 in Aylesford.  Wesley was her first cousin. 

In 1891, Bertha and Wesley were lodgers in the household of their aunt Diadamia (Hodges) Taylor.  They lived in Millville.  Wesley and Bertha eventually had three children, Charles, Ethel, and Usuetta.  In 1901 Bertha and the children, and Wesley’s parents, were living in the Stanley Banks residence in Millville.  In 1911, they lived in nearby Morristown.   Wesley died in 1920 of cancer of the jaw.  Bertha lived 43 more years.  Her obituary follows:

Aylesford – Mrs. Bertha L. Hodges, widow of Wesley Hodges, Harmony, died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Percy Graves), Monday following several weeks illness.  Mrs. Hodges who was in her 97th year, was the eldest resident in Western Kings.  She was born in Nicholsville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Banks Hodges.  After completing her schooling in Nicholsville, for a number of years she was engaged in housekeeping and took care of her mother and father before her marriage in 1890 to Wesley Hodges.  Mr. and Mrs. Hodges resided in Millville, Windemere and in Morristown. Throughout her lifetime Mrs. Hodges took an active part in church and community affairs.  She was a member of the Morristown Baptist church. Left of mourn her passing is one daughter, Usuetta (Mrs. Percy Graves), of Harmony and one son Charles, of Aylesford, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren also survive.   The late Mrs. Hodges, who is resting at the H. C. Lindsay Funeral Home, Berwick, will be taken to Morristown Baptist Church for funeral services on Thursday afternoon at 2 oclock, Rev. Gordon McClare will officiate.  Interment will be in the family lot in Morristown cemetery.

Chronicle Herald Newspaper   Wednesday, 27 March 1973

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