Mary Clark (Brown) Hird

Mary Clark Hird

Mary Clark (Brown) Hird, age 97 of Murfreesboro, TN and Grey Eagle, MN, passed away Saturday at the home of her eldest daughter.

In Kansas, she spent her senior high school year in "Normal Training" then taught in a one-room schoolhouse until her marriage to US Navy Ensign, Louis R. Hird. Mary Clark was a perfect Navy wife, making a gracious home for her husband and their three daughters during the family's many tours of duty; favorite places being Valley Center, CA and Ford Island, HI.

During retirement years as a couple, she was active at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Ocala, FL, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro, TN and at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sauk Centre, MN. Mary Clark was a member of the Daughters of the King. For her entire life, Mary Clark spent every summer at Big Birch Lake in Grey Eagle, MN and also watched three more generations of her entire family grow up and flourish, doing the same thing.

She was an avid reader, played Cribbage an Bridge, was an excellent cook, had the gift of hospitality, and passed on her love of water and water sports to the whole family. Mary Clark was preceded in death by her sister, Gertrude and brothers, Phil, Norm and Paul Jr.; infant son, Clark Rittenhouse Hird; daughter, Laurie B. Freeman, and her loving husband, Louis, to whom she was married 73 years.

She leaves behind daughters, Sally (Bob) Hughes of Murfreesboro, TN and Julia (Tom) Zaborski of Oshkosh, WI; son-in-law, Ralph Freeman of Grey Eagle, MN; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; families of nieces, Geri Hird, CA, Michelle Elliott, OR and Bonnie Brown, CO; families of Brown nephews, Paul (Chris), CA, Dennis, OR and Charles (Jan), KS.

A Memorial service and Interment will be held during 2013's summer gathering of friends and family in Minnesota.

Nashville Funeral and Cremation Service, LLC, 210 McMillan St., Nashville, TN 37203; (615) 256-1605.

Published in The Daily News Journal on Mar. 20, 2013