Florence M. Bird

Florence Bird, 85, of Britt passed away Monday, January 2, 2006, at Westview Care Center in Britt.

Florence Bird, the daughter of Engle and Jessie (Schutjer) VanDusseldorp, was born on March 27, 1920 in Orthel Township where she grew up and received her education.  She worked for various families as a hired girl.  She married Kenneth Bird on November 16, 1940.  She worked at Hancock County Memorial Hospital and the Westview Care Center.  Florence worked at Snap-On and in 1985 she retired.  After retiring she babysat for various families and house sat for elderly women.

Florence enjoyed crocheting and embroidering along quilting, as she made quilts for her children and grandchildren.  She also enjoyed her flowers, sewing and refinishing furniture.  She enjoyed traveling and going visit family and friends.

She was a member of Zion Nazarene Church, Rebekah Lodge, V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, Britt Senior Citizens and the Hospital Auxiliary.

Florence is survived by one son, Ken Bird and his wife, Diane of Britt; two daughters: Sally and her husband Bob Haag of Algona, Etta and her husband, Dave Mull of Forest City; seven grandchildren: Scott Haag and his wife Jennifer of Irvington, Jolene Duffy and her husband Chris of Olathe, Kansas, Leslie Christensen of Overland Park, Kansas, Nathan Christensen of Olathe, Kansas, Aaron Bird of Webster City, Adam Bird and his wife Molly of Hampton, Andrew Bird of Independence; seven great-grandchildren: Amanda Claussen, Jacob and Katelyn Haag, Conor, Kieran and Aidan Duffy and Teaghan Bird; special niece Connie and husband Ervin Tegtmeyer of Woden; son-in-law Wayne Christensen and his wife Nancy of Aurora, Colorado; sister-in-law Nona VanDusseldorp of Britt along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 1978; daughter Karen in 1994; parents; step-mother Lillie VanDusseldorp; sister Pearline and her husband Merle Johnson; two brothers: Melvin VanDusseldorp and Carl (Red) and his wife Emma VanDusseldorp.



Date: Thursday, January 5, 2006
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Britt Zion Church of the Nazarene
195 2nd Street Southwest, Britt, Iowa
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