Bertha Mae Downs
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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.