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Shirley Stryker Bird
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Birth: May 4, 1931
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 2010
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at First Methodist Church in Ida Grove, with burial at Ida Grove Cemetery.

Shirley Bird, age 79, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

Memorial services were be held Monday, November 22, 2010, at the First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove, Iowa, under the direction of Christensen-Huffman Funeral Homes. The Reverend Chad Lierman officiated, with burial in the Ida Grove Cemetery.

Born May 4, 1931, in Ida Grove, Iowa, Shirley Lou Bird was the daughter of Frank and Matilda (Senhen) Stryker. She grew up and received her education in Ida Grove, graduating from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1949.

Shirley married Rhule Bird following his service in the United States Air Force, and was blessed with two sons, Brian and Allan. She was a devoted caregiver to Brian, who had Down's Syndrome. Shirley also worked with her husband at the Reminder, which they established in 1950. After Rhule's death in 1963, Shirley continued on with the Reminder, hiring her sister, Marge Rector, and her nephew, Roger Rector, who eventually purchased the newspaper.

Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ida Grove, served on the Morningside Review Committee, and belonged to PEO Chapter CB. She enjoyed bowling in her younger years and was an avid reader. She enjoyed her contacts with business people and will be remembered for her unique sense of humor.

Survivors include a son, Allan (Kathy) Bird of Glenwood; three granddaughters, Ashley, Brooke, and Allison Bird; a brother-in-law, Bill Bird of Des Moines; a nephew, Roger (Karen) Rector of Ida Grove; and a niece, Cheryl (Ron) Briscoe of Omaha, NE.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Rhule; a son, Brian Bird; her parents; and a sister, Marge Rector.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank R. Stryker (1892 - 1971)
  Tillie Senhen Stryker (1898 - 1972)
 
 Spouse:
  Rhule Bird (1925 - 1963)*
 
 Children:
  RHULE Bird (____ - 1957)*
  Brian R. Bird (1952 - 2006)*
 
 Sibling:
  Marjorie Cecelia Stryker Rector (1919 - 1998)*
  Shirley Stryker Bird (1931 - 2010)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove
Ida County
Iowa, USA
Plot: 900
 
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Nov 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61820704
Shirley <i>Stryker</i> Bird
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Shirley <i>Stryker</i> Bird
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