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Mary Clementine Bird

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Mary Clementine Bird Obituary
Mary Clementine Bird was born on February 2, 1933 to Clem and Pearl Koonce in Vandalia, Illinois. She graduated from Vandalia Community High School; St. John's College of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois; and St Joseph's College of North Windham, Maine
In 1960, she married Jack Dean Buell of Morristown, Tennessee and to the union was born 3 children, David, Deana and Bradford Buell. The marriage ended in divorce in 1971. She married Charles H. Bird in 1978 which added sons James and Brent Bird. She loved being a nurse and her career spanned many years from Operating Room Supervisor; Assistant Director of Nursing; Director of Nursing Services, Nurse Consultant, and Director of Occupational Health and Infection Control. As a young nurse she had wanted to go into the mission field but due to family illness this did not become a reality.
In 1990, she moved to Aden, Yemen where her husband was on assignment with Occidental USA. She loved the people, learning a new culture and being able to visit 10 countries. She felt blessed to have the opportunity to care for ill and/or injured Oxy employees as well as their Yemeni neighbors who affectionately called her "mama doctor". A civil war in Yemen forced them back to the U.S. where she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. She loved serving the Lord Jesus Christ wherever she lived and was a devoted mother and wife. She enjoyed travel, camping, gardening, her Arabian horses and quilting.
She leaves her husband, Charles Bird, children David and Bradford Buell, Deana Buell Metz and her husband Henry, James and Angel Bird and family, Brent and Bonnie Bird and family; nieces Jacqueline Mealka and family; Rhonda Masoner and family; and Linda Stines.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the members of West Conroe Baptist Church and the Vineyard Sunday School Class for their faithfulness in ministering to Mary Clem in her final fight with metastatic cancer. Private graveside services were held at Klein Memorial Park in Magnolia, Texas.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 19, 2014
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