Bertha Mae Keys, 80, of Broken Bow passed away on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 at Brookstone View in Broken Bow with her son, Dale and daughter-in-law, Carrie at her side.

Bertha Keys

Bertha was born May 3, 1938 in a small house on Highway 2 in Broken Bow to Otto G. and Della Martha (Waters) Lewis of Arnold.

She grew up on the family farm in Milburn and graduated from Anselmo High School with the class of 1956.

She worked in a small café in Seneca making 33 ½ cents per hour. She met Donald Dale Keys at the café, and on July 26, 1957 they were married in her parents’ home in Broken Bow.

She spent most of her life in Halsey, raising her children. She was a house painter, as well as running a café in Halsey where she created lots of memories and friendships.

She also took over the mail route from her mother-in-law, Marrie Keys, and carried the mail for several years.

She and Don moved to North Platte in 1997 to be closer to their son, Dale and his family. Don passed away in September of 1999.

Bertha is survived by her children, Della (Dave) Bennion of Costa Mesa, Calif., Delores (Larry) Sonnenfelt of Columbus, and Dale (Carrie) Keys of North Platte; grandchildren, Natasha and Troy Bennion, Ty Sonnenfelt, Terri (Kurt) Miller, and DJ (Dannielle) Keys; eight great grandchildren, all of Nebraska; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Don; parents, Otto and Della Lewis; and two brothers.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Pastor Brent Montgomery will officiate. Burial will follow at Purdum Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.

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