Bertha Mae Acree

Dec 29th, 1942 - Nov 6th, 2018


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Nov. 10th, 2018 2 pm


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Nov. 10th, 2018 3 pm

Bertha Mae Acree

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Bertha Mae Acree, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend received her wings at the age of 76.

Bertha was proceeded by her parents, Walter and Minnie Branch, her husband William “Bill” Edward Acree, sisters; Aretha (Chicago), Verlina (Memphis), Mildred (Carbondale), Rosie (Arkansas), Brother; Walter Lee (Marion), Cousin Emma (Chicago), Grandchildren: Brandon, Delondon, Ta’Lesheia, Zhion and Brashea, thirteen brothers, and grandparents.

Bertha was born in West Memphis, Arkansas on December 29, 1942 to Walter Branch and Minnie L. (Williams) Branch. Bertha was united in holy matrimony to William Edward Acree on November 12, 1966 in Marion and to this union were 7 children.

Bertha was loved by many as she loved her family and friends, Bertha accepted Christ at an early age and she rededicated her life to the Lord in 1984 at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Marion, Illinois under the leadership of Rev. Kevin K. Owens. She was a devoted Christian, prayer warrior, she enjoyed singing in the choir and people often came to her for prayer and advice.  She always had an open door, kind words without judging and a pure heart.  Her hobbies included: fishing, crocheting, listening to Lee Williams, watching Madea, reading her Bible, watching Family Feud, Forensics File, Investigation Discovery Channel, Walker Texas Ranger, Animal Planet, and was a true fan of the Lakers and Kentucky Wildcats.

Bertha retired from Olin/General Dynamics after being employed for over 30 years.

Bertha leaves to cherish her memory seven children; Sheila Buchanan of Marion, Kimmie Acree of Carbondale, Monica (Johnny) Acree-Purchase of Grand Chain, Cheryl Acree of Marion, Sean Acree of Marion, Latoya Acree of Houston, Texas, Shownya Acree of Marion; Sister Shirley Powell of Marion, Pinkie (Mary) Steiger of Chicago, Walter S. Branch of Carbondale; special niece Anita Baugard of Chicago; special sisters Lorene Bevely of Colp and Wilma Threlkeld of Marion; cousin Aubrey Harris Reed of Florida and special friend Sis. Lee of Marion, Clarence Harrington of Carbondale and Virginia Swanson of Marion; grandchildren: Antwan, Antonio, Myles, Dre, Mason, Shaterra, Brelaya, Kamauria, Shawniece, Shai, Raysean, Shawnye, Rashonna Kani, Taysean, Damyzha, Island, Kimmia, Little Sean, Katianna, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, great grandkids, close relatives and friends.


The family of Bertha Mae Acree acknowledges with deep appreciation every expression of kindness and sympathy shown to them during the period of illness and bereavement, every visit, call, tribute and prayer. Your kindness will be long remembered.  May GOD bless each of you.

The Family


7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Marlena Burton

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: November 9, 2018

    Bertha was such a blessing, she will definitely be missed and fought the good fight of Faith. Acree family take comfort in God’s love and perfect timing. You guys did a great job coming together to care for her at home throughout the years. You could always feel the love in her home. Heaven is rejoicing.

  • Guest: Aubrey A Harris-Reed

    From: Winter Park, Florida

    Date: November 9, 2018

    To my cousin Bertha Mae, I will truly miss you, and calling you on the phone. I love you! R.I.P my dear cousin.

  • Guest: Gloria Hayes

    From: Pulaski, Illinois

    Date: November 9, 2018

    My deepest Condolence to the family. Respecting the will of God. We are sadden to hear of this news. But God is still a good God and a true rewarded of his Word. She has gone on to rest and to sing in God’s Heavenly Choir. We weep with you, but not in vain, but in knowing that when we all get to Heaven, what a glorious time we will have.
    Look unto the hills from which comes all your help.
    God bless you with His Everlasting Love.

  • Guest: Tena Johnson

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: November 10, 2018

    I will miss talking to you Cousin Bertha. I will never forget your beautiful smile. I send my condolences, prayers, and hugs to the family. I love you

  • Guest: Frankie (Pudden) Harris

    From: Chesapeake, Virginia

    Date: November 10, 2018

    Cousin Bertha Mae and I go back to the earlier generation of family. In later years we used to laugh about the earlier years when I’d remind her; I was the oldest, it meant something back then. I’m 82. I have so many wonderful memories shared. I thank God for all the talks shared through the years about the Lord. We shared many high times as well as low times with each other. We laughed together; cried together, prayed together and Praised Jesus. The last time I was blessed to see her, she starred for a moment then said, “You look so much like Cousin Red.” (My Mama.). To the family and dear friends, she won’t have any more sorrow, no pain and no more tears. She is resting now, and she is healed. We will all miss her but, I have hope because I will see my precious Cousin Bertha Mae again when we meet in Heaven. Praying for all of us. Keep leaning on Jesus. Cousin Pudden, Chesapeake Virginia

  • Guest: Dorothy Williams

    From: Deltona , Florida

    Date: November 11, 2018

    I remember my cousin Bertha with her big smile when she would come visit Aunt Panky in Carbondale. She really did have a beautiful smile. During those years, I didn’t talk much I were very shy, but Bertha always had a way of getting me to talk to her because her character was so peaceful, she always had a calm demeanor. She will be missed

  • Guest: Irene Keyes

    From: Dublin, Georgia

    Date: November 13, 2018

    Sheila, Kimmie and family. I am sorry for your loss. Nothing can prepare us for grief we experience when we lose someone dear to our heart. Your tears don’t go unnoticed by God. God has promise to wipe away our tears, as well as sickness, pain, and death in the future. (Revelation 21:3,4). For free encouraging scriptures please visit: We all look forward to welcome our love ones back to the earth Psalms 37:29. Please accept my condolence at this difficult time.