Bertha Maude Whittier died on April 2. obit-whittier.jpg

She was born on Aug. 23, 1912, in Trout Lake, Wash., to Robert and Susan Myers. She was one of 13 children.

Whittier was a mother and grandmother who opened her heart, arms and home to family and friends in need. She was known as “Nana” to all of  her grandchildren and she enjoyed writing letters to keep in touch with all of her relatives.

Whittier was the first female respiratory therapist in the state of California.

The main love of her life was Jack Bonito. He taught her how to square dance, and they traveled together in their motor home. He preceded her in death over 20 years ago.

Whittier is survived by her daughters, Roberta Meditz and husband Dave, and Bonnie Iwanski and husband Mike; grandchildren, Robert Robertson, Phillip Cooper, Kellie Saver, Kimberlie Howell, Kristen Andrews and Kathy Geer; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Internment was held at Forest Lawn in Cyprus, Calif. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Whittier’s name may be made to the Harney County Senior Center.

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