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Helen A. Bird, 1923-2007

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

Helen A. Bird died Sept. 4 in Coquille, Ore. She was 84.

Helen was born March 9, 1923, in Great Bend, Kan., to Charles S. and Dora Roberson Dorfshaffer.

Helen was born and raised a farm girl in central Kansas. In high school she fell in love with another farm kid, Lee Bird. He joined the Army Air Corps and her farm boy became a fly boy.

They were married in the base chapel on Randolph Field, Texas, on Dec. 14, 1941, one week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Because of the war and Lee’s continuing military service, their four children were all born in different states: Kansas, Nebraska, Alaska and Texas.

After leaving the military, they tried the farm life in Kansas again, but it just wasn’t the same. They had, over the years, developed a sense of adventure and a touch of wanderlust. After many more years in Alaska and Texas, they finally came to Oregon and lived in Coquille for the last six years.

Helen had a veracious mind and was interested in genealogy, history and just about every other subject under the sun. She had a magic touch with plants, was a talented water color artist and an excellent cook. But her main gift was love. She was the heart of her family and taught everyone, by her example, about love, care and respect for others.

She was the best wife, mother, grandmother and friend anyone could ask for and we all felt treasured in her warmth.

Helen is survived by her husband, Lee E. Bird, of Coquille; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Barry Johnson, of Coos Bay, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Helen E. “Beth” Bird and Joe Miller, of Vail; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Debbie Bird, of Ft. Fairfield, Maine; granddaughters Terri Williams, Tammy Draper, Tina Zook and her husband, Dan, and Cara Daniels and her husband, Kenny; grandson Seth Bird; four great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; and three great-great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her son, Stan E. Bird.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to South Coast Hospice, 1620 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Services will be held at a later date.


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