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Ann Elizabeth Bird

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Ann Elizabeth Bird Obituary
Bird, Ann Elizabeth
Ann Elizabeth Bird, 86, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of June 12, 2016. Ann was born August 3, 1929 in East Lansing, Michigan to Per and Abba Lundin. She was the oldest of four girls. Ann spent her youth and young adulthood in Michigan. She then met and married Jack Bird in 1948. Together they had two children, John (Tracy) Spring Hill, Kansas, and Kristi Hutchings (Scott) Bucyrus, Kansas. Ann adored her five precious grand children; John Tyler, Kevin, Betsi, Kyle, and Christopher and was equally proud of her 9 great grand children; Blake, Wyatt, Emma, Weston, Eli, Bella, Caroline, Parker and Ivy, who will all miss her dearly. Ann was a proud homemaker for 40 years raising her family. In 1965 the family moved to Kansas City. Her love of interacting with people took her to Halls on the Plaza where she worked in the candy department. It was there she formed lasting friendships and cherished memories. In 1984 she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she made her permanent home until her death. While in Scottsdale, she worked for Pretty Papers sharing her love of stationary, gifts, and designing special event invitations. More lifelong friendships were added to her lengthy list while working there. In addition, Ann stayed active with house and pet sitting activities. Her clients came to trust her with their furry babies, considering her a friend….more friends added to her growing list. Ann had an adventurer spirit and loved traveling to visit family and friends. She loved sports and as a loyal fan followed her local baseball and basketball teams. For many years, she was a regular and enjoyed volunteering at the Phoenix PGA Open golf tournament. She was an avid and 'competitive' card player; particularly enjoying the game of Michigan Rummy with her family and her two sisters Sally and Karen. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Nancy Warner. Her surviving sisters Sally Winn and Karen Hipple reside in Arizona. Throughout her life, Ann generously exhibited the virtue of gratitude to all she knew. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and clients, and she will never be forgotten. Her family gives special thanks to in Phoenix, and Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City, particularly to Kim, Samantha, and Heather for their very special care and love in Ann's final days. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Ann's name to Crossroads Hospice: 11150 Thompson Dr., Lenexa, Kansas 66219. : 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, Az 85014-5656. A Celebration of life service for family and friends will be held at a later date.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 22, 2016
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