July 18, 1922 — Feb. 6, 2019
Ethel Louise Cortrite was born in Inglewood, Calif., and died in Plano, Texas.
She graduated from Inglewood High School, Frank Wiggins Trade School, and Lower Columbia College. During World War II, Ethel worked in the aircraft industry in Los Angeles and volunteered regularly at the USO. After the war, she met Alf Bergly in Yosemite National Park. They married in 1946 and, shortly after, moved to Longview where she made many friends.
Ethel instilled her love of reading in her children by reading to them daily. She explained to them often that education was the key to a better life. She modeled this behavior herself by enrolling at LCC and receiving an AA degree in accounting in 1968. Ethel also enjoyed dancing with Al, flower gardening, sewing, crochet, travel, and camping.
In retirement Ethel and Al traveled the USA eventually finding a winter home in Yuma where Ethel enjoyed the sunshine, card games and Bingo. Ethel spent her last years at the Canterbury in Longview, then Arbor Hills in Plano, Texas. The loving care she received in both facilities, and from New Hope Hospice, is greatly appreciated.
Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; five siblings; her husband, Alf; and a daughter, Debra DuVall. Survivors include a daughter, Andrea Miller (Stephen) of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; a son, Kenneth Bergly (Manijeh) of Plano, Texas; a son-in-law, Steven Duvall of Longview; four grandchildren, Katie and Karen Miller, Alison Peters (James), and Keith DuVall (Crystal); two great-grandchildren, Aden Heinzman and Robert DuVall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ethel will be laid to rest next to her husband and daughter at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens this summer.