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Bertha Irene Shealy

January 22, 1926 - March 10, 2021

Burial Date: March 20, 2021

A Celebration of Bertha’s life will be held on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard Street, New Haven, CT., 06511 at 10:30am. Viewing in Church from 9:30am-10:30am. Condolences may be expressed at www.colonialfunerals.com.

Bertha Irene Shealy
January 22, 1926 – March 10, 2021

Bertha Irene (Hawkins) Shealy was born on January 22, 1926, to the late Walter and
Bertha Hawkins in Williamston, South Carolina. Bertha was educated in Williamston
at Caroline School and she also attended a school in another town so that she could
have twelve years of high school and that was because Carolina only went up to the
11th grade. During her high school years, she was a member of the girls’ varsity
basketball team.

She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church along with her brothers and
sisters. During those days, in the Hawkins family, church came first before any other
activities on Sunday. She was a member of the choir and participated in various
activities at Prospect. Bertha left Williamston and moved to New York where she
met and married the love of her life, Rev. David Shealy. Bertha Worked as a presser
for many years in various cleaners in New York and New Haven until her retirement.
She became an active member of Sweet Hope Church under the leadership of Bishop
Lee Parker Sr., she joined Sweet Hope’s gospel choir. After leaving Sweet Hope, she
Joined New Growth Outreach Ministries, under the leadership of Pastor Betty Marks.
She also joined the Adult Choir and served on the Mother Board.

Bertha foster many children through the DCF program. After many of the children
became adults, they still come to see her and all lovingly calling her Ma Bert. At the
Shealy home the door was always open to anyone that needed a place to stay for a
while, Ma Bert and Pop Pop would have a bed for them. She had a couple of people
that would stop by for Sunday Dinner after church and would enjoyed themselves,
in fact, if anyone stopped by, no one was ever turned away. During the summer she
would have large cookouts and would feed the neighborhood children if the asked
for food. People loved to come to the family home on Butler Street.

Bertha was a devoted mother and grandmother. She leaves to cherish her memory 4
daughters, Linda Richardson, Victoria Adams (Lonnie Adams), Trina Shealy and
Lena Cummings (Clarence) Five sons. Daryl Shealy, Lonnie Shealy (Robin), Edward
Shealy, Robert Strickland (Melissa) and Arthur Shealy, Leonard Nixon, and Andrea
Rogers; one brother, Saleem Shabazz; 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grands, and a
host of relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Reverend David Shealy, her maternal and
paternal parents; four brothers, Martin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Jr., John Thomas
Hawkins, and Edward Hawkins; three sisters, Annie Grace Hawkins, Janie Blackstock
and Margret Cox; one granddaughter, Kimberly Richardson and one grandson Sirvon
Strickland.

Bertha was loved by many and will be greatly missed…

A Celebration of Bertha’s life will be held on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church, 782 Orchard Street, New Haven, CT., 06511 at 10:30am. Viewing in Church from 9:30am-10:30am. Condolences may be expressed at www.colonialfunerals.com.