Bertha M. Sherman Watson, 85, of Checotah, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Checotah,
Graveside services will be at Oak Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. today, April 28, with Tony Hodgson officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Bertha Sherman Watson was born on Dec. 25, 1931, in Kyle, South Dakota, to William and Victoria (Hunter) Sherman, and was a member of the Oglala-Lakota Indian tribe. She grew up in South Dakota and graduated from high school there.
She married Jack Watson in 1959 and they soon moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where Bertha worked as a costume designer for the Desert Inn stage productions and also for television and movie productions.
They eventually moved to Talihina where they operated a cattle ranch for a number of years.
After that they lived in Ruidoso, New Mexico, before returning to Checotah five years ago.
Bertha and Jack were huge fans of the National Finals Rodeo and had personally attended the event for over 50 consecutive years and were PRCA Gold Card members.
She was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Watson, of Checotah; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Jamie Berry.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.
Published on  April 28, 2017