Audrey (Campbell) Bird

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Audrey (Campbell) Bird, 93, formerly of Essex, Conn., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Glen Cove, N.Y.

She was born in northern Maine on July 31, 1919. She and her husband, Jackson Bird, were educators for most of their married life.

She was a strong support for Jack while he served as the headmaster of Wyoming Seminary Day School, Forty Fort, from 1947 to 1959, and the Buckley Country Day School, North Hills, Long Island, N.Y., from 1959 to 1971.

She was a gracious and active volunteer throughout her life. Audrey was a member of the League of Women Voters, The Junior League of both Wilkes-Barre and Long Island, The Colonial Dames and The Order of the First Families of Maine.

She was a member of the Essex Garden Club and won awards for her miniature flower arrangements. Mrs. Bird was a docent at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn.

Audrey served on the Vestry and Altar Guild of St. John's Church and participated in staffing a thrift shop in Ivoryton, Conn. She was a lover of poetry and an avid reader who enjoyed her book club. She supported the Essex Library by binding books.

In 2011, she relocated to Long Island to be near her children and their families.

She will be missed and was beloved by all who knew her.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Anne Bird Tinder and her husband, Cecil Tinder; Anne's three sons, Christopher, Nathan and his wife, Karen, and Matthew Jones and Karre; Cecil's son, Clifford and his wife, Patti, and their daughter, Camille; and Cecil's daughter, Cecily and her husband, Bob. Also surviving are her devoted son, Charles Jackson Bird and his wife, Tracy, and their daughter, Kelly. She is also remembered by her great-grandson, Noah; great-granddaughters, Lucy and Corrine; sister, Glenna Louridas; nephews, nieces and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 in St. John's Episcopal Church, Essex. She will be buried in a private ceremony in Essex next to her husband, Jackson Bird, who died in 1980.
Published in Times Leader on July 21, 2013