|Shirley L. Bird, age 74 of New Windsor, died Sunday May 22, 2011 at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, IL. Services are 1 pm Wednesday May 25 at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in the Petrie Cemetery, New Windsor, IL. Visitation is from 4-7 pm Tuesday May 24 at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home, Alpha where memorials may be left to Tri-County Ambulance or the New Windsor Fire Department. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com
Shirley was born October 12, 1936 to William and Edna Gould Ray. She attended New Windsor schools and married Lawrence Bird June 13, 1952. She was the owner/operator of the Circle Inn in New Windsor for 5 years and was a member of the New Windsor Presbyterian Church and New Windsor Sportsman's Club in Victoria. Shirley liked to fish, hunt mushrooms, crochet and was an excellent pie maker.
She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters; Sandra Beard (Fred Huber) of Galesburg, IL, Gayla (Chris) Ralston of New Windsor, IL, Sherry (Keith) Myers of Galesburg, IL and 2 sons; Kenny Bird of New Windsor, IL and William (Paula) Bird of Moline, IL, Several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one sister, Dorothy Johnson of Galesburg, IL .
She was preceded in death by a son Rodney Bird and her daughter Lisa Bird, her parents and two sisters.