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Our beloved mother and grandmother, Gertrude Louise Martinez Herman, 70, slipped away while surrounded by loved ones on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. She started her beautiful life on Feb. 17, 1941, born to Don and Faith Armfield in Council, Idaho.

Gertie started one of many adventures in Billings, where she and Bob raised three children with everlasting love. She had a huge heart and even bigger shoulders taking on the worries of anyone that needed a caring ear and a huge, comforting hug. She had an amazing way of making you feel like you were the most special person in the world, our smallest accomplishments were her proudest moments. Her beautiful smile and wonderful laughter was contagious to anyone lucky enough to know her. Her greatest desire was keeping her family connected, always reminding one-another to stay in touch and to eat!!!

Gertie shared a love for many things. She loved to dance. Waking up in the morning to play and share her favorite music, especially Elvis! She had a passion for gardening and baking. She was known throughout Billings for "Gertie's Goodies" while baking at Café Jones — a talent she passed on to her granddaughters. Her greatest love of all was her family.

Gertie is survived by the father of their children, Bob; son Bobby his wife, Phyllis; daughters Becky and her husband, Andy, Cheryl and her husband, Michael; grandchildren, Misty, Tomi, Cory, Joey, Jamie, Tonya, Jonathan, Jade and Madison; great-grandchildren, Alauna, Mia, Zoey, Alleighizah, Alias, Sydney Mykala, Ethan, Chase; her mother, Faith; brothers, Leo and Mike; and sisters, Beatrice and Dixie.

Mom, we will love and miss you more than you will ever know, you are our hearts!!

Delores, have the coffee waiting!!

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to COPD.org in Gertie's name.

We would like to give a big thank you to the third-floor nurses at St. Vincent Healthcare: Brooke, Charlotte, Amber, Jamie, CNA Paige, respiratory techs Teri, Reina, Stephanie and Dr. Mournian. You are all exceptional people and the care you gave our mother will stay in our hearts forever.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. After the burial, a reception will be held to celebrate Gertie's life at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Grand Avenue. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements and remembrances may be shared with the family at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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