Bertha I. Bashaw | Obituary
Bertha I. Bashaw, 53, of Elk City, died on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. She was born on February 28, 1968.
Bertha was a gentle soul full of love and friendship. Honestly, I don’t remember my mom saying nasty things to anyone. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends. She liked shopping, but she liked being outside more.
“Mom loved the rocks; we would spend hours in a stream bed picking fresh rocks and raw garnets and sometimes digging for gold with Uncle Davy, Bob and Grandpa. She loved old stuff, and we drove on old forest roads listening to her favorite music, we dug in the garbage pits where she found old broken china and old pieces of boots and she found an old broken plank, bring back everything at home and make shelves with all the stuff glued on them.
“As a son growing up was great. Mom was so full of life. She and her brother Davey were almost always together doing everything. I remember how they were always better together. And it marked me throughout life. With me and my little sister, my mother was the best, always supportive. And never passed judgment. She loved and bragged about her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. It was a wild grandmother who did tattoos. And listened to rock, rap. I ran around the jelly roll. Made me laugh. She was a tough cookie. Sweet as they come and so full of love. The hugs and “I love you” that she would give would melt even the most difficult person. She was always so excited to see you and always took the time to never be too busy. She just wanted everyone to be loved and surrounded by friends and family. She was the best at making something out of nothing and being proud of it. She was daddy’s girl to the bone. And was a second mom for every child that walked through the door. As a growing mom boy I couldn’t imagine the day she wouldn’t be around for me to check out the hug and kiss. The world is a little less bright without it. I love you mom.”
She loved creating art, cooking with (and for) grandchildren, and making the most of life.
Berdie’s best friend was Lisa Smart, from Halfway, Ky. Berdie and Lisa met on New Years Eve 1991 in Kamiah and have been best friends ever since. Lisa and Berdie have so many fond, loving memories dating back 30 years. Together, Berdie loved discovering the outdoors in beautiful Idaho. Berdie was a beautiful person with a huge heart and much loved. Lisa will carry Berdie in her heart … FOREVER.
“She was very open about her beliefs and shared them freely. I will miss her by rearranging my home with each visit, offering her advice, kicking her family when needed and smiling about it. Life gave her a hard time a few times, and she took them all in hand. We’ve all driven ourselves crazy more than once, but that’s what the family does. She faced tough times and kicked trouble in the pocket better than anyone I knew.
Bertha was predeceased by John C. Sarbacher, Burt Bashaw (husbands), Bryce Whiteman (boyfriend), Carrie Lynn (sister), Ashlee (sister-in-law), Tony Taylor (cousin), Jim Williams (brother-in-law)) , Gary and Marlene (brother / sister-in-law), Reggie (cousin).
She is survived by her parents David and Lura Lamar; children Keith A. Sarbacher (son), Anna and Dan Fischer (daughter / son-in-law), Jason Bashaw, Josh Bashaw, Jacob Bashaw (son-in-law); beloved grandchildren Audriana, Jaeleigh, Tanner, Kayden; siblings Larea, Joan, Mary Ann, Tina Marie, Nora, Elizabeth, Melissa, David J. and Charles; cousins Tammy, Jolene and Sean, Loren and Tish, Heidi and Keith, Joe and Jamie, Jacquel and Bob, Karen and Ron, Dr. Joseph Nightingale and Debra, Jason and Theda; best friend Lisa Smart; nieces / nephews Weldon, Torey and Amanda, Jamey, Jeremy and Markel, Julie and Tim, Eric and Janell, John and April, Mike, Saprina and Rick, Tyrone and Jennifer, Daniel, Joey and Heather, Gary and Crystal; friends Bruce, Carolina and Jamie Farmer, Bob Finnel (ex-husband).
No service is planned.