Elaine Bird Car Accident, Death – Winchester, Virginia – Bear Chase Brewing Company, On September 17, 2020, Elaine Bird was involved in an automobile accident and her away. Elaine’s parents, Roger Bradford (Ford) and Norma Evans Creer, welcomed her into the world on December 9, 1929 in Spanish Fork, Utah. In 1948, she received her diploma from Ogden High School. On March 30, 1951, she wed Richard J. Bird at the Logan Temple, only two weeks before he was to leave for the Korean War. Richard J. Bird was serving in the military at the time.
She is survived by her children, Richard and Lisa Bird, Sally and Scott Priest, Roger and Paige Bird, David and Diane Bird, and Susie and Vern Stacey, as well as 21 grandkids and 27 great-grandchildren, all of whom she personally impacted in a way that only Mom was capable of doing. She especially cherished her roles as Nana and Grandnana, in which she shared her wit, storytelling, passion for education and reading, enthusiasm for exploration, and love of See’s chocolate with her family (which she credits for her long life and the cure of various illnesses).
Elaine has a remarkable talent for establishing meaningful connections with young people. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Young Women’s organization for almost 40 years and served in various capacities throughout that time. At Bonneville High School, where most of her students went on to college, she was an English teacher for 25 years. She donated her time to help youngsters by participating in a wide variety of extracurricular activities and serving as a consultant to the student government. She is this year’s recipient of the Utah State Teacher of the Year award.
At the end of her time spent in the classroom, she and another educator, Gen Wise, started a bookshop in Ogden known as the Wisebird Bookery. She had a passion for both reading and learning, and she enjoyed passing on her enthusiasm to others. She had a passion for exploration as well, and for many years she took groups of her students, grandkids, and other acquaintances across Europe as a tour guide, passing on both her enthusiasm for the region and her extensive knowledge of it.
She was a woman of faith who gave selflessly to others and made the most of every moment while doing so. She maintained a good attitude and was always encouraging to anyone came to seek her guidance and expertise. Last but not least, she was a huge fan of Shakespeare and frequently included quotations from him in her lessons. Therefore, we say, “Good Night, good night! While she will be terribly missed, we will separate as loved ones, looking forward to pleasant reunions, and knowing that during her life, she gave each of us the ideal portion of herself. Although she will be much missed, we will part as loved ones.
Due to the current state of the deceased’s health, our family has decided to hold a private service at the gravesite. In lieu of sending flowers, we ask that you please consider making a donation to The Chromosome 9p Minus Network, which can be sent to P.O. Box 15484, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70895, Attn: Kristi (Tax ID # 34-1846713).