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Gertrude Alonda Springer, 94. of Benton passed away July 17, 2013. She was born May 5, 1919, to Oliver Theodore (OT) and Alice Brown Wimberley in Recto.
She lived briefly in Litchfield, Ill., and later moved with her family to Jonesboro, where she met and married William Augustus Springer of Shannon, Miss. They moved to Benton in 1942.
During her full and productive life, Gertrude was a loving and devoted wife of 65 years. She began an early career in photography, progressing from an apprentice to a manager to establishing her own studio. She enjoyed people and capturing their image for prosperity.
She enjoyed a short-term position as Saline County treasurer and was always interested in the progress and development of Benton.
As a charter member of Parkview United Methodist Church, she was once a Sunday school teacher and then an active member of the Adult Sunday School Class taught by Don Crowson. She was an active member of the Mary Martha United Methodist Women's Circle and a strong supporter of the church's missions and programs.Â Her joy for her family, including her church family and friends, was rich as well as her joy in reading, studying, cooking, sewing, singing and gardening.
Mrs. Springer was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Zula Johnson, Ethelene Jolly and Mable Cully; and her son-in-law, Frank Boggs Bartholow.
She is survived by her sister, Donna Faye (Holly) Roberts of Temple, Texas.; two daughters, Sherry Lee Bartholow of Dallas, Texas, and Patricia Kay Harley and husband Herman of Benton; her grandchildren, Sherrie Loyd, Vickie Durham and husband Mike of Benton, Brad Bartholow and Betsy Garza and husband Jesse of Dallas; her great-grandchildren, Amanda Andres and husband Jon, Glen Loyd, Cole Durham and Hailey Durham of Benton, Brandon Bartholow, Julia Bartholow, Luke Garza, and Jillian Garza of Dallas; and a great-great-granddaughter, Abigale Andres.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton followed by visitation and dinner in the Harp-Johnson Fellowship Hall. The Rev. Walt Garrett will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Parkview United Methodist Church or to a favorite charity.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard
Family comments: Her family expresses their deep gratitude for the tender and loving care provided by Joyce Brothers, which enabled her to remain in her home until such loving care was continued at Saline Memorial Hospice House under the care of Dr. Daniel Cartaya and his staff.