|Bertha Irene Moreland was born November 30, 1891, in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Rogers. She was educated in the school system at Saline, Louisiana, and after graduation attended Louisiana Normal College at Natchitoches for two years. It was while she was employed with the U. S. Postal Service in Saline that Bertha met Reverend Lovick Pierce Moreland, and they were married on September 10, 1914. Together, Rev. and Mrs. Moreland served in the active ministry thirty-seven years with appointments to Saline, Dodson, Hornbeck, Bienville, Jena, Indian Bayou, Bernice, Denham Springs, Merryville, Choudrant, Simsboro, Clay, Olla and Bienville Methodist Churches.
Reverend Moreland retired in 1951 and they moved to Ruston, Louisiana, where Mrs. Moreland continued to make her home after Rev. Moreland's death in 1962. As a member of Grace Methodist Church, she participated enthusiastically in all areas of the church and the community.
Bertha Moreland's zest for life and the giving of herself knew no bounds. Untiringly, she worked to provide not only for her own family, but time after time, she would rework parsonages and churches so that the next pastoral family would find a better situation. She was also a marvelous cook, preparing meals for those in need; helping to care for a newborn baby for weeks when a mother died in childbirth. Then, on top of everything else, she taught a Sunday School class and was active in the Women's Society, areas in which she continued to touch lives.
Bertha Moreland will also be remembered for her sense of humor; the rare gift of having young parsonage families look to her for guidance, inspiration and care, plus having the tremendous desire to be ready to go at the mention of the word. She was active until her death on September 17, 1982, at the age of ninety years and ten months, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
She was survived by three daughters, Mary (Mrs. Fred K. Oexman) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Rupert (Mrs. Norman R. Thompson) of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Betty Jo (Mrs. Walter J. Stevenson) of Houston, Texas; one son, William Lovick Moreland of Oklahoma City and one son, Lambuth Pierce Moreland, who preceded her in death. From her children, there are eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference UMC 1983, Pages 192, 193 - By James H. Humphreys|