Bertha Maxine Hook, 91, of Bethany, Mo., passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at a hospice center in North Kansas City, Mo.
She was born Sept. 12, 1920 in Fonda, the daughter of George Arthur and Bertha Laura (McGeary) Hersom.
On Dec. 19, 1948, she married Lee Hook. He preceded her in death on May 18, 1996.
She was raised on a farm near Fonda, and graduated from high school there. After graduating, she worked as a disc jockey and worked for 2 years at the old hospital while in Waterloo. She later graduated after a three year course from nursing school at Saint Thomas School of Nursing in Marshalltown. She then worked at the Reid Hospital in Bethany and was a staff nurse at North Kansas City Memorial Hospital. Later, she was Director of Nursing at Crestview Home in Bethany until her retirement.
Lee worked for Great Lakes Pipeline and his job required them to relocate several times from Oklahoma to Missouri and Iowa. When Lee retired from the pipeline, they settled in Bethany. Lee and his brother, Don, had a service station in Bethany while Bertha worked at Crestview.
Bertha stayed in her home after Lee died until November of 2003 at which time she moved to Crestview Apartments. She remained there until she went into the Crestview Rest Home after surgery in 2006 and resided there until March of 2012.
Bertha liked music and played the piano. When she moved to Crestview Apartments, she donated her piano and lots of old time sheet music to the Special Care Unit. She also enjoyed reading.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Hugh, Lyle and Lynn; 2 sisters, Lois and Ruth.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, Mo. with burial in Kidwell Cemetery, Martinsville, Mo. The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home where friend may call after 3 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kidwell Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com.