|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1999|
New Mexico, USA
Alice M. Bird, 93, a resident of Albuquerque, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 15, 1999. She is survived by her daughter, Blanch Burroughs; son, Dr. William Bird and wife, Doni of California; granddaughter, Jennifer Schmidt and husband Brian; grandsons, Michael R. Burroughs, David Bird, Keith Bird and Jon Bird; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lillian Marie Bird in 1927; and husband, Fred R. Bird in 1981. Upon arriving in Albuquerque, Alice soon found a home and a church home at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, which eventually became incorporated with St. Aidans to become St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
She was active in the Altar Guild, St. Elizabeth's Guild and the YES Organization. She also became a Mary Kay consultant, many years with the Carmoline Grady Bunch. Mrs. Bird was a native of Deweyville, OH and came to Ft. Wayne when she was three years old. Indiana soon adopted her and as she grew up she became dedicated to the service of others, her family, first of all, neighbors, friends and the entire community. Her entire adult life had been spent in serving others. Wife, mother, author, friend, servant, confidant - Alice Bird had been many things to many people, always ready to listen, always eager to help. Mrs. Bird succeeded Dr. Nathan Salon as Commissioner to the Indiana Commission on Aging & Aged when Dr. Salon died in 1975. That same year she was elected (1974) first Senior Citizen Queen and served graciously in that capacity for one year.
During her term as a Commissioner, she served as general chairman of major events, including the Governor's Conference, the State Queen contest, the Rose Festival and the Indiana State Fair for Senior Citizens. She had also served as chairman for Volunteerism and spiritual concerns committee on the State Commission. For the past three years, she had been general chairman of the Governor's Conference, a tremendous undertaking. She was secretary of the Indiana SR. Citizens Association, a member of the Indiana Coordinating Council and a member of the long range Study Legislative committee of the Indiana State Commission. As secretary of the Indiana Sr. Citizen's Association, she helped organize its annual conference. She served as chairman of the State Queen Contest for two years. In her home community, she served as chairman of the N.E. Area III Council on Aging Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Project CENTS.
She had also chaired the Religious Emphasis Committee of the YWCA for many years, and when her children were younger, she gave many hours to Boy Scouts and 4-H. She served on the District Board of Boy Scouts of America and was chairman of the mother's organization for Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at Wabash College when her son was a student there. She had the distinguished honor of having been the only non-professional member of the Ad Hoc committee to review licensing regulations for the Aged, Retirement Homes Division for the Indiana State Board of Health. She spent hundreds of hours on that committee and also served at its co-chairman. Alice's church has always been dear to her heart. Her faith is deep and abiding and has allowed her to reach out in the community to churches other than her own Episcopal Church in Ft. Wayne. She had conducted retreats for five Presbyterian Churches and other interdenominational groups. She was the speaker at the Inter-faith Annual Luncheon for Church Women United. For 19 1/2 years, she was directress of the Altar Guild of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ft. Wayne and helped organize Altar Guild for Peace Lutheran Church and Emmaus Lutheran churches in Ft. Wayne.
In addition, she was advisor to First Presbyterian Church in Ft. Wayne and when it was first built helped dress the Altar. In her own words, she had served on every committee there is in the church locally and had served on the governing body of three Episcopal churches in Ft. Wayne. She is also a member of the Diocesan Board of the Episcopal Church in Northern Indiana. Her ties to her church have been very meaningful and so well known in the community that she is known as Mrs. Trinity Episcopal Church. Perhaps her favorite project was her own Prayer Group. It was conceived seven yeas ago when ladies from her neighborhood knocked on her door several times and said,"Alice, you must start a Prayer Group!" The three women started meeting once a week at 9:00 a.m. to study the Bible and pray. From that humble beginning,"Alice Bird's Prayer Group" has branched out into three separate groups around Ft. Wayne. The original group has now grown to 10-15, still meeting every Tuesday morning.
With Marian Adair and Frances Dickinson, Alice Bird founded the Christian Women's Prayer Breakfast. It is now an institution in Ft. Wayne and attracts as many as 1500 women from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan every October. Alice is listed as an Indiana Author in the Indiana State Library at Indianapolis and the Ohio State Library as a result of her 13 year history of the Episcopal Church in Ft. Wayne and three Altar Guild Manuals, which are used throughout the United States. She also authored a"Guide for Volunteers" which is used at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Among her many accomplishments is a first for the State of Indiana. She organized the first group of high school girls to work as volunteers in hospitals. They still work in all three hospitals. She also organized the first group of church women at Old Hope Methodist Hospital to take pictures of newborn babies to be given free to their mothers. Alice's generosity and love was not limited to Ft. Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. She was also advisor to the Soodo Women's University in Seoul, Korea for 15 years. Alice Bird is a loving, gentle and marvelous human being who had lived her life for others and had been an inspiration to those all with whom she had come in contact.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1500 Chelwood Park Blvd. NE, with Father Robert Naigel officiating. Interment of cremains will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Ft. Wayne, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1500 Chelwood Blvd. NE, 87112. Alice's love was shared by many and will be missed by all. French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE.
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