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Virginia Bird

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Virginia Bird, 86

Virginia Jean Clawson Bird, 86, of Stockton, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 11th, 2017.  Born May 9, 1931 in Seattle, Washington she was the daughter of John Vernon Clawson, and Eugene Harrison Banner and Harold William Banner. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Cloetta Perry.

Survivors include her husband:  A. Dee Bird; her seven children: David (Lynette) Bird, Allan (Diane) Bird, Michael (Donna) Bird, MayLynn (Bryan) Flake, Tim (Nadine) Bird, Jeanine (Bret) Parker, and Susan (Roy) Westra; 29 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.

Her childhood was spent in Seattle.  She loved animals & roller skating.  At the age of 13 she moved with her mother to San Francisco.  She graduated from Polytechnic High School and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  There she met and fell in love with her future husband, Dee.  They were married in the LDS Salt Lake City temple in June 1950.

She moved with her husband and small family to Stockton in 1956, where they lived happily adding more children to their family.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother.  She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and loved to share her testimony of Jesus Christ.  She was a friend to all she met and served as a missionary amongst Asian refugees.  She was a President of the LDS Relief Society women’s organization in the city of Stockton.  She also served tirelessly in the primary and youth organizations throughout the church.

She taught in the Stockton Unified School District for over 20 years.  She was a member of the Stockton Chorale, The Singing Mothers, and loved playing the piano.  She collected music boxes from all over the world.  She was a committed Scout leader and was a Silver Beaver recipient.  She was also a member of The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 11am (viewing at 10am), at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 7030 N. El Dorado Street, Stockton.  Interment will be at Cherokee Memorial Park, Harney Lane at Highway 99, Lodi.  Flowers may be sent to Donahue Funeral Home in Lodi.

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