LIMA — Bertha Howell is celebrating her 97th birthday. A family dinner was held.
She was born Aug. 6, 1920, to Billy and Susie Nesmith. In April 1940, she married Paul Clarence Howell Sr., who died in January 1987.
She has four children, Paul William (Jennifer) Howell, of Lima, Lounetta Howell Moss, of Lima, Gwendolyn Brown, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Paul Clarence (Valarie) Howell Jr., of Lima. She has 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. A grandchild is deceased.
She loves playing bingo, playing piano and singing spiritual music, reading the Bible and going to church. She enjoys word-find games. She attended Rhodes State College (Lima Technical) in the late 1970s.