ABINGDON-Jenna Bird, 70, a resident of Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center in Galesburg, formerly of Abingdon, died at 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Marigold.
She was born June 8, 1939, in Macomb, the daughter of Fred and Edythe (Polite) Mathis. She married Richard “Dick’’ Bird Dec. 28, 1957. He survives.
She is also survived by her children, Kelly (Tim) McVey, Abingdon, and Michael (Kayla) Bird, Knoxville; grandchildren Luke (Shannon) McVey, Dan McVey, Madelyn Bird and Meghan Bird; great-grandson, Trayson McVey; brothers-in-law, Dewey Trone, Roseville, and Tim (Irma) Bird, Alexis; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Billa Trone. She loved her parents and sister deeply.
She graduated from Macomb High School in 1957.
She had worked at Ray’s Hardware Store in Abingdon, the VNA in Galesburg and later at Ace Hardware in Galesburg, retiring in 1997.
Jenna was a member of the Abingdon Christian Church and a past member of the Abingdon Junior Woman’s Club.
Her interests included her family and grandchildren, redecorating homes, gardening, piano music, baking and she loved life in Florida where she and her husband had retired to in the Clearwater and Oldsmar areas. She had returned back to Abingdon in 2005 and had lived in Galesburg the past month.
Cremation was accorded. Recognition of life service was held Saturday, June 13, 2009, in the Abingdon Christian Church with the Rev. Jerald Hill officiating.
Private family scattering of her cremains will be in the Scattering Garden, East Linwood Cemetery in Galesburg.
In Jenna’s honor, memorials may be made to the Gordon Behrents Senior Center.
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.