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Geraldine Lee Bird

Geraldine Lee Bird, 76, of Wilsonville, OR, died Saturday, September 29, 2012.

She was born to the late Gerald and Christy Kelso, August 8, 1936, in Tacoma, WA. Jerrie, as her friends know her, grew up in Bellevue, WA and was a Bellevue High School graduate class of 1955! She also attended the University of Washington while a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma! She married David Bird in 1957 and they lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue WA, Vancouver, BC, Lake Oswego, OR, Tustin, CA and Eagle Pointe, OR.

After her marriage to Dave, Jerrie lived in Tualatin, OR and worked several years for Wells Fargo as a Personal Banker before relocating to Orange, CA in 1997. For the next 12 years she resided in Southern California. From there she relocated back to Oregon living in Lake Oswego and finally in Wilsonville.

Jerrie's first love was her family and was a terrific Mom extremely active in all three of her children's activities. She also cherished her warm and lasting friendships during her life as a Bellevue Wolverine, a Husky and as a Kappa member. In the time she spent living in Eagle Pointe, OR she was a member and volunteer for the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Two siblings survive Jerrie: Marjorie Kelso, of Orange, CA and Jack Kelso, of Whitmore, CA. Three children also survive her: Phillip Bird of Lake Oswego, OR, Jennifer Souther of Bend, OR and Laura Clutinger of Durango, CO. who together have blessed her with eight beautiful grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers we ask that any donations be made in her name to Legacy Hospice-McMinnville, 2275 NE McDaniel Lane, McMinnville, OR 97128, the or the , Inc.

Services are planned for Friday, October 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM. They will take place at the New Tacoma Cemetery, 9221 Chambers Creek Road, Tacoma, WA 98467.

Mom, it was a true blessing living with you. You are painfully missed.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 7, 2012
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