Friends and family remember two hit, killed by MAX train
GRESHAM, Ore -- If you really want to know who Bertha Kelly was, her grandson says a picture of her smiling from ear to ear is all you need.
"Kind-hearted, down to earth, tried to help everybody," James Kelly said.
Kelly was sitting at home Saturday afternoon when he got a call from police, the loss still isn't real to him.
"I kept listening to the voice mail. I sat with The Oregonian in my lap reading the article over and over again, I watched the newscasts over and over again. I can't believe it," Kelly said.
Kelly lost his grandmother Bertha and his uncle John Paul Kelly, who he said had developmental disabilities.
Witnesses tell us John Paul jumped into Bertha's lap as the two sat at the Gresham City Hall MAX station. He accidentally hit the controls on her wheelchair and sent them onto the tracks.
"I'm going to miss her laugh. I'm going to miss her laugh echoing through the court yard. She was a sweet lady," said Terra Schaller.
Bertha was more than just a neighbor to Schaller.
The former nurse was a friend, mentor, and even a health care advisor.
"Being pregnant she was a nurse and would take my blood pressure and help me," Schaller said.
Always there to help out, that's how Schaller will remember Bertha.