Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Bertha Lavera McCrary, 86, Celina, died Nov. 22, 2010, at Celina Manor Nursing Home in Celina.
She was born July 4, 1924, in Celina, to Melvin and Rosa Shanks Smart. On July 21, 1944, she married Calvin M. McCrary, who died in 1995.
Surviving is a son, James (Carroll) McCrary, Vacaville, Calif.; two daughters, Christina (Karl) Liske, Celina, and Cheryl (Mark) Cowley, Troy, Mich.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Also deceased are two brothers, Homer and Eugene Smart; three sisters, Gladys Smart, Mildred Newland and Mary Franks; a sister-in-law, Gladys Smart; and a brother-in-law, Lando Franks.
She was a charter member of the O.A.P.S.E., she was an onboard school bus instructor for Mercer County and a judge for the regional and state bus rodeo. She was active in the floral department at the Mercer County Fair board. She received the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation Award in 1994 and the Senior Volunteer award from the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. She was a bus driver for Cheryl Ann and retired in 2009 from Celina City Schools after 35 years. She was a 1942 graduate of Celina High School.
Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial is at Swamp College Cemetery in Celina.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.