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BIRD, ANN COOK - age 85, of South Knoxville, passed away at her home on August 15, 2014. Our beloved Ann was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on December 18, 1928, to Howard Winston Cook and Lucy Howard Cook. She is an alumna of Maryville College and was an elementary school teacher at local Knoxville schools for 25 years. Ann met the love of her life, Robert J. Bird, at Maryville College, and at the time of her death they had been married for 62 years. Ann and her husband were avid hikers, in their younger years logging many miles in the Smokey Mountains. They enjoyed spending quiet time on the porch of their Norris Lake cabin, being in nature, boating and water skiing. She was an active member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville. She was generous with her smile, colorful jokes, and gave generously to charities. Ann is survived by her husband, Robert J. Bird; daughter, Cheryl Bird-Sanchez; son-in-law, Bryan Sanchez; brother, Winston Cook; and sister-in-law, Marguerite Cook. She is preceded in death by a son, Robert Jr. Ann was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend, and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Per Ann's wishes, she will be cremated, followed by a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the Legacy Parks Foundation (, an organization that Ann cherished for their Knoxville Urban Wilderness and Greenway initiatives. Online condolences can be made at Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273)

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 17, 2014
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