Bertha Downs

Bertha M. Downs

Thursday, September 17th, 1925 - Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
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Bertha Mae Downs
September 17, 1925 – September 10, 2019

Bertha passed away peacefully on September 10, 2019. Bertha was born September 17, 1925 in
Tishomingo, Oklahoma to Thomas and Rosa (Sheridan) Winkler. She was one of 11 children and
treasured her family throughout her lifetime.

At the age of 19 Bertha travelled to California with her best friend. She began working for Edgemoor
Hospital where she met the love of her life Joseph (Johnny) Jablonski. They were married in Yuma, AZ on
August 11, 1946 and had 2 children, Ronnie and Diane. The four of them shared many wonderful family
times together. They traveled to family reunions every summer and loved spending time with extended
family until Johnny’s death in 1959.

Bertha married Kenneth Ray Downs in 1964. Kenny and Bertha loved to spend time with the family,
camping, fishing and travelling. They enjoyed many years together until his death in 1997.

Bertha enjoyed working in her yard and being amongst her beloved avocado trees in Lakeside, CA. She
tended to her orchard and flowers her entire life. She always said that age was just a number and it
didn’t stop her from doing anything she was determined to do. She enjoyed cooking and there was
nothing she loved more than spoiling her grandkids with cheese toast and fresh squeezed orange juice
or baking pecan tassies at Christmas. She went back to school at the age of 48 to get her high school
diploma and graduated from Grossmont Adult School.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Joseph Jablonski and Kenneth Ray Downs, parents Thomas
and Rosa Winkler, brothers Bert, Albert, Jeff, Vanoy, Jay, and sisters Ruby and Inez.

Bertha is survived by her son Ronnie (Dana), daughter Diane (Sal), grandsons Tyler and Jared (Edenn),
granddaughters Elizabeth and Taylor, great grandchildren Gabrielle and Blake, sister Ardie Raley, brother
W.B. (Slick) Winkler (Faye), numerous nephews, nieces and extended family. She was a beloved wife,
mother, grandmother, great grandmother and aunt and will be greatly missed.
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  • Interment

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 9:30am
    Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    San Diego, CA
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Susan Jack

Posted at 06:01pm
To a wonderful neighbor who was much admired
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Amie, Harper & Hutton

Posted at 11:37am
Tyler & Family, May you all find peace in fond memories of your beloved Graw, and the love and togetherness of family. All our love...
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Carol and Jerry Winkler

Posted at 04:15pm
Aunt Mae loved gardening! She truly had a green thumb! She could take a clipping of any plant and get it to grow! She loved her tomato plants and fresh tomatoes on her avocados sandwich. You could always expect a great time and good food when you were at her house! ❤️❤️

Heather Jablonski Posted at 11:06pm

I will forever consider Graw a grandma to me.. I will always cherish the memories I have with her discussing General Hospital with her. Chatting about her family and the love she had for her Grandkids and great grandkids. She was so proud of them! I will forever remember her salad and very happy to know how she made it! Love you forever Graw!

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