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Obituary for Berta Hawkins

Berta Lee Hawkins died July 18, 2014 at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was 89.

A celebration of life will be at noon August 16, at the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518.

Berta was born May 31, 1925 in Danville, Ark. to Wessley and Gertrude Baker. She had seven sisters and one brother.

Berta moved to Calif. in 1942 where she met and married Donald Hawkins on July 25, 1943 in Glendale, Ariz. They resided in southern Calif. until moving to Nevada County in 1978. She retired from the California Youth Authority in 1982. After Don’s death she met DV “Dave” Brown, and over the next 28 years they enjoyed square dancing and traveling around the country in their RV. She was a member of the Nevada City Elks Ladies of 518. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Berta is survived by her daughter Jeannine (Jim) Kaplinski of Georgia; son, Wes (Bonnie) Hawkins of Grass Valley; grandchildren, Chris Kaplinski, Eric (Kara) Kaplinski, Kyle Hawkins and Matt (Cristina) Hawkins and great grandchildren, Bella and Arianna Kaplinski, Beckett and Berkley Kaplinski and Kelsey Hawkins.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Hawkins in 1983; longtime partner, DV “Dave” Brown on July 2, 2014, her parents and all seven siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518 or Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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