WELLINGTON- Our sweet and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Bertha Lizzie Wilder Houston, age 93, returned to the arms of her loving husband on Nov. 22, 2008. Bertha passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. She waited for her little sister to arrive from California.
Grandma was born May 22, 1915 in Lovell, Wyo. to Edward Arthur and Delma Rich Wilder.
She married James General Houston Jr., Sept. 22, 1931 in Panguitch, Utah. The marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on August 22, 1965.
They were blessed with four children; three of them, Maxine, a baby boy and a baby girl were called back to heaven right after birth. They spent many wonderful years together until grandpa died in January 1985.
Grandma spent her life in the service of family and friends. There was nothing she wouldn't do to help someone out. She and grandpa spent a lot of time hauling loads in the big truck, they always had stories of their travels. After grandpa quit working they enjoyed taking the camp trailer on long fishing trips. She was a cook at Wellington Elementary for many years and after she retired she was always making her homemade bread. Her bread, sugar cookies, and cinnamon rolls couldn't be matched. She loved to make her Christmas cakes, adding each ingredient and mixing daily. Although it took 30 days to make them she always did enough for at least 20 cakes to give to family and neighbors.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings and was excited to get ready for church every Sunday. Grandma loved her family and they cherished her. She was always laughing and joking with family and friends, tickling and being tickled by her great-grandkids. She loved to have her family around her and there was always someone nearby. She loved the daily phone calls from Evelyn. She was a special wonderful person that will be dearly missed.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda (Delbert) Thayn; grandchildren, Ron Thayn, Dan Wood, James Thayn, Trent (Jennifer) Thayn, Joyce (Brian) Dirk, and Cherish (Ben) Lansford; great-grandchildren, Alex, Jacob, Tana, Trent Jay, and Lizzi Thayn; Kade, Jarek, Treven and Callie Lansford; brothers and sister, Rich (Veloy) Wilder, Jay Allen (Arlene) Wilder, Evelyn Grundvig.
Preceded in death by husband Jay, brothers Bernard, June, and Selwyn (Sy) Wilder.
Funeral service will be Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, 11 a.m., Wellington First/Fourth LDS Ward, 50 North 100 East, Wellington. Friends and family may gather Friday, Nov. 28, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home 233 East Main Street, Price, and one hour prior to service on Saturday. Grandma will be buried in Wellington City Cemetery.