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On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, Bertha Louise Pratt Fairchild joined God's angels in heaven.
Known to many as Bert, Miss Bertha, Aunt Bertha and Big Mama, she was born Feb. 29, 1927, to the late Sarah Jane Pratt of Fredericksburg.
Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband of 67 years, Layton R. Fairchild Sr.; six children, Patricia A. Tyler (David), Jane D. Dabney (Ed), Rose C. Nowlin (David), Layton R. Fairchild Jr. (Regina), Bryan K. Brooks (Sheila), and Brenda L. Bundy (Robert); 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and 11 foster children who shared her home. Also surviving are sisters-in-Iaw Alice Miller, Evelyn Fairchild and Charlotte Fairchild, all of Spotsylvania County; and a host of cousins. nieces and nephews.
She will be missed by a host of family, friends and many individuals who knew and loved her.
In lieu of a wake, friends and family are welcome to attend the viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Sylvannah Baptist Church, 8400 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22551.
Online guest book may be signed at albennettandson funeralhome.com.