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Bette Bird

1934 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Bette Bird Obituary
Bette Bird was born to John and Lee Gibson in Hockley County, Texas on October 7, 1934. She died September 6, 2018 at age 83. She graduated high school in Sonara, Texas and took several college courses at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. She resided in both Texas and New Mexico. She married Garland Bird in Odessa, Texas in 1953. One year later, their first son, David, was born. In 1957 and 1959 their sons Brett and Scott were born. Garland was in the oil business for many years. He formed Bird Oil Tools in Farmington and later he owned drilling rigs and G&G Oilfield Construction in Gillette, Wyoming. Their son David was killed in 1966 on their ranch on Ruins Road in Aztec. Garland died in an auto accident at age 39 in Wyoming in 1969.

Bette's sons have always been her greatest interest. The grandchildren have all had a special bond and enriched her life. Bette had many other interests including a passion for the natural world, all animals, music, art, literature, painting, antiques, her country and history. She and her mother owned and operated Westwind Antiques in Aztec for many years. Bette was also a talented china restorer and artist. Many of her oil paintings can be found in the homes of friends and family. She was somewhat of a reclusive person, but the friends she made lasted a lifetime.

She is preceded in death by her father John Gibson, her mother Lee Gibson, her son David, her husband Garland, grandsons Jeremy and David, granddaugher Tanya, her brothers Joe and Jack Gibson and sister-in-law, Margo Gibson.

Survivors include Brett Bird of Phoenix, Scott Bird (Shanna) of Farmington, granddaughter Allison (Shay) Davis, great grandchildren Jordan, Alix, Jaylan, Janiah, Emerie and Brecken, and her nephew Jeb Gibson of Houston. Lastly, her beloved cats, Emma and Max.

The family wishes to especially thank Samantha Essary (Tim) for her special caregiving to Bette over the past three years.

A private memorial service is planned later this fall by the family. Bette would love any memorial donations to be made to the Farmington Animal Shelter Foundation, PO Box 1242, Farmington, NM 87499.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Sept. 12 to Sept. 16, 2018
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