Bertha Gary

Born in Corinth, Mississippi, on Christmas Day, 1899, Mrs. Gary first moved with her family to Arkansas before coming to Champaign in 1917. For many years she worked as a maid in dormitories at the University of Illinois. She always had a special love for children. Until 1981 she worked with the foster grandparent program and, as her nephew says, "she has spent years helping children - not just her relatives' children, but all children." Bertha Gary was a member of Anna Tutt's Honeys.

Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.