Bertha Craig Harrison Dupre , 97, of Kannapolis, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Transitional HealthCare.
Bertha was born April 21, 1921 in Washington, DC and grew up in Pennsylvania. During WWII, she worked as a clerk and typist in the War Department and later joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. After joining the Army, her battalion, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, was stationed in France, and she worked in the post office. On February 20th, 2019, the 6888th was awarded an Army Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) and on February 28th, 2019, Kansas State Senator Jerry Moran introduced Senate Bill 633, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Women’s Army Corps who were Assigned to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, known as the “Six Triple Eight”.
After the war, she was discharged and returned to government work, where she assisted the Veterans Administration. Bertha then joined the WAC reserves and in 1950, was called back to service during the Korean War. Later, she worked for the quartermaster in Washington, then Philadelphia. She then worked in housekeeping at Bowie State College in Maryland. After that time, she worked for Amtrak’s Montrealer, from D.C. to Montreal for 12 years.
After retirement in 1984, she decided to take art, English, creative writing, and drama classes in Maryland. After moving to Charlotte in 1992, she continued taking classes at Central Piedmont Community College. At the age of 87, she applied to UNC-Charlotte to pursue a degree in studio art.
Ms. Bertha will be laid to rest on Friday, March 22nd, 2019 at the Salisbury National Cemetery. A memorial service with full military honors will begin at 11am.
Carolina Cremation and Powles Staton Funeral Home are assisting with the services for Ms. Dupre. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com or www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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