Bertha Helen Sloan Newton

Bertha Helen Sloan Newton

Nov. 12, 1930 – Oct. 22, 2022

Bertha “Bertie” Helen Sloan Newton of Powell passed from this life at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody on Oct. 22, 2022. 

She was born in Montclair, New Jersey, on Nov. 12, 1930, to Alvin Florey Sloan and Helen Ryan Sloan. As a child, she spent her happiest times with her grandparents, Dr. Harold Stephenson Sloan and Bertha Florey Sloan at Lake Mohawk, New Jersey. Her grandparents were the most supporting and loving force in her life.

After graduating from Washington High School in Washington, New Jersey, she worked in all departments in a bank. She married Harold F. “Bill” Newton on April 2, 1954, in Washington. They divorced years later. 

Bertha dreamed of Wyoming as a teen after a stay at Valley Ranch on the Southfork. Her dream to move to Wyoming came true in May of 1956, moving to Rivers Rest Ranch on Jim Creek at Wapiti, Wyoming. She was a resident of Wyoming for 68 years, owning ranch properties on Jim Creek near Wapiti and Crooked Creek in Montana, north of Lovell. She also lived between Cowley and Deaver and in Powell.

Bertha was proud to be a graduate of Rocky Mountain College in 1972 at age 42 with a degree in speech and drama. One of her accomplishments was being a speech judge for Northwest College for more than thirty years. She taught interpersonal communications and speech for seven years as a part-time instructor for Northwest College.

She truly loved horses and was quite a horsewoman. She rode horseback in the circus spectacular for Ringling Brothers Circus in New Jersey. She loved her black Labrador retrievers, having many over the years.

Bertie leaves her son, Will Newton of Lexington, Kentucky, and daughter Berta Newton of Deaver. 

She would be honored by a memorial donation to Caring for Powell Animals.

A special gathering will be held in the summer.