Sunday, August 3, 2014

Olive's mother Bertha

Curtis S. & Ella M. (Dockstader) Russell Family

Bertha Mae Russell

When Bertha Mae Russell was born on September 13, 1913, in Elwood, Utah, her father, Curtis, was 25 and her mother, Ella, was 18. She married Gilbert Marinus Christensen on September 20, 1929, in Idaho, Idaho. They had eight children in 19 years, the fourth was Olive.  This is a photo of her with her mother, stepfather, and siblings. Bertha is on the far top right.  Below is a photo of Bertha with her husband Gilbert Christensen.  They met at a dance where he was in the band playing a saxophone in Burley Idaho just a few miles from Rupert where they were both from. When Gilbert saw her he put down his sax in mid-song and rushed over to her to ask her to dance. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in a number of places including Idaho, California, Nevada and Oregon. Bertha died on July 1, 1983, in Overton, Nevada, at the age of 69, and was buried in Rupert, Idaho. 

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