Bertha Lorraine Bright was born October 16, 1960 in Howard County, Maryland to Lillian (deceased) and James Bright Sr. She was the oldest of four which included three brothers Richard Bright, Leroy Bright, James Bright, Jr. (deceased). Bertha attended Montgomery County Public School. While at Gaithersburg High School she participated in Track and Field as a shot putter. She was employed with MCPS as a Teacher Assistant and later worked for Price Club (Costco), as a Demonstrator. She enjoyed working there because she loved to cook. She later retired to care for her grandchildren fulltime, which turned into her forming her own childcare service.
She leaves to carry on her legacy, two daughters Rasheda Nolan and Uricka Battle; sons-in-law, Lance Correia and Kodjo Nuwokpe; seven grandchildren, Keiswana, Shyonna, Leandra, Lananda, London, Nevaeh, and Kalista and two God children Jhalela Bright and DeAndre Webster.
Family was a top priority. Many referred to her as "Mom, Nana, Aunt Bert, Cousin Bert, and Brownsuga B". You didn't have to be a blood relative to be considered family. She welcomed everyone and was well known in the local area. Despite her strong exterior, she had a big soft heart and opened her home to many, as well as aided people in receiving help. She knew all of the different programs that could help people in need. She enjoyed family dinners, cook outs, or just hanging out. Bertha was known for her bomb seafood salad, and crab cakes; cooking was her passion. She LOVED! listening to music, and dancing. She took pride in being the neighborhood watch with the late Shirley Ellis. If you lived in or knew someone from Picton you knew these two. These two took pride in making sure the Picton family stayed together from organizing fundraisers or hosting events for the kids in the neighborhood. She cherished the time she spent with her "Lady Gang" Beverly, Violet, Tasha, and Erica. She loved speaking on the phone for hours with her two favorite cousins Grace, and Florence. If she was not home, you could always find her out at Lakeforest Mall shopping, at the Lakeforest transit or, Ruby Tuesday. Before her untimely passing she wanted to travel and see the world. Bertha truly was living her best life with no regrets.
She is proceeded in death by her mother Lillian Bright and brother James Bright, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memory her brothers Richard and Leroy Bright; sisters-in-law Donna and Denise Bright; sisters Rose Copeland and Annett Hackett; friends, Mariam Ahmed, whom she loved as a daughter and her dear friend James Silva; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, family.