Bertha's Story

WATERBORO - Bertha "Bert" Jean Stephenson, age 59, of Oak Lane, died suddenly at home on January 2, 2016.

She was born in Island Falls, Maine on January 19, 1956, to a set of parents, Vaughn and Eva McNally who adored and cherished her.

In 2002, she married the man that demonstrated unconditional and steadfast love, David P. Stephenson.

There has never walked on this earth a more hardworking, dedicated, selfless, loyal and loving woman with the richest sense of humor God ever gave to a person. Bert loved to cook in her pig-themed kitchen for anyone that would eat. If ten people were coming over for dinner she'd make enough to serve sixty so everyone would leave with a full belly and leftovers. She also loved spending time in her flower garden. But her favorite hobby of all was being a grandmother and spoiling her grandchildren with goodies, laughter and unconditional love. Bert loved every family member no matter how close or distant; her family was everything to her. Her infectious laugh and warm hugs will never be forgotten.

Bert is predeceased and now joyfully reunited with her father, Vaughn McNally and nephew Benjamin Blackstone. We are most certain a feast has ensued, with nothing but the best of ingredients, pots and pans, appreciative appetites and a special chef hat custom made by God himself.

She is survived by her husband, David Stephenson; her greatest loves, sons James Heath of Waterboro and Joseph McNally and his wife Mindy of Portland; stepson David Stephenson Jr. and his wife Jami of Waterboro; stepson Shawn Stephenson and his wife Marianne of Waterboro; spirited, loud and proud siblings; sister Janet Thomas and husband Peter; sister Roxene Williams; sister Rosa McNally; sister Vonda Charette and husband Pat; and brother Dwayne McNally and his wife Debbie; and her eleven grandchildren that she wouldn't take a wooden nickel for, Zachary, Alley, Molly and Sophia Heath, Alexis and Gabrielle Misek, and Isabelle, Brianna, Samuel, Paige and Luke Stephenson.

Friends and relatives may call from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016 at the Dennett, Craig & Pate funeral home 13 Portland Rd, Buxton (Bar Mills).

A funeral service will be held 1:00PM Wednesday Jan 6, 2016 at the funeral home.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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