|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1943|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2012|
Sharon Kay Bird, 69, of Winfield, KS passed away Tuesday morning, November 13, 2012 at her home.
Funeral services will be Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:30am at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield, Ks. Visitation will be Friday, November 16, 2012, from 2pm to 8pm, family will greet friends from 6pm to 7:30pm. Interment will be Monday, in Shawnee Memorial Gardens in Shawnee, Ks. Memorials may be made to Creative Community Living. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com
Born June 2, 1943 in Norton, Kansas, Sharon was the daughter of Fermon and Vida (Bretton) Button. She was raised on a farm outside of Edmond, Kansas and moved to Norton after her father's death where she completed high school. After high school she attended and graduated from Brown Mackie School of Business in Salina. Sharon was united in marriage to Alvin D. Bird on June 3, 1962 in Norton. While in the Air Force, they lived in several states and Sharon was active in the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) while organizing volunteers to help with their two developmentally disabled children, Danny and Michael. After leaving the Air Force, Sharon and Alvin then added to their family by adopting two children, Brian in 1974, and Susan in 1982. Also in 1982, they relocated to Winfield where Alvin set up his medical practice.
Throughout her life, Sharon was active in supporting her husband and family in a myriad of ways. She was a military wife who put up with frequent relocations and made many sacrifices while her husband was in medical school. She was also an advocate for the handicapped, and a dear friend to many individuals in the community. She passionately took on the mission of providing services for individuals and families who were in need. She was the founding director for a sheltered workshop for the handicapped individuals in Jenks, Oklahoma; established respite programs for parents at Winfield State Hospital and Training Center (WSHTC); and became president of the WSHTC parent group.
Ultimately, with closure of the WSHTC she and other parents established Creative Community Living (CCL), a new parent/guardian driven community organization dedicated to providing services to the handicapped. Currently, CCL supports 121 individuals and employs a total of 265 staff across two counties. Sharon had been the President of the CCL Board of Directors since the beginning. CCL was built as a model with parents/guardians in control that has been emulated in states across the US.
Sharon was the recipient of many awards for her legacy of leadership throughout her life including: the First Citizen award from the First National Bank in 1993 for helping to enhance the quality of life in Winfield, a Governor's Merit Award for service, and the inaugural Governor's Excellence Award in 2011 for her work with Kansans with disabilities. She has also had a humanitarian award named in her honor.
She enjoyed spending time with, and caring for, her grandkids as well as attending Kansas State football games with her husband and family.
Her family includes: her husband, Dr. Alvin Bird of Winfield; her son, Brian Bird, and wife, Robin Bird, of Winfield; her daughter, Susan Schultz, and husband, Jonathan Schultz, of Winfield; her sister, Jacqueline Whistler and her husband, William Whistler, of Fairway; and her grandchildren, Hayleigh Bird, Rachel Bird, Ethan Bird and Riley Schultz of Winfield.
In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded in death by her sons Daniel and Michael Bird.
Fermon Button (1909 - 1952)
Vida Ella Bretton Button (1913 - 2010)
Michael D. Bird (1966 - 2012)*
Shawnee Mission Memory Gardens
Created by: delkan
Record added: Nov 14, 2012
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