A graveside service will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Valley Memorial Park in Hillsboro, OR for Leora C. Bird, who passed away on May 17, 2013 in Beaverton, OR at the age of 90. The services at graveside will be preceded by visitation at Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Home from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Leora was born on July 10, 1922 in Manti, UT to George and Luella (Jensen) Callaway. On December 18, 1942, she and Arus William Bird were united in marriage in Manti, UT. Mrs. Bird attended BYU, Utah State, and Oregon State, attained a Master's in Education from Portland State, and taught bookkeeping, typing, and...
A graveside service will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Valley Memorial Park in Hillsboro, OR for Leora C. Bird, who passed away on May 17, 2013 in Beaverton, OR at the age of 90. The services at graveside will be preceded by visitation at Pegg, Paxson & Springer Funeral Home from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.
Leora was born on July 10, 1922 in Manti, UT to George and Luella (Jensen) Callaway. On December 18, 1942, she and Arus William Bird were united in marriage in Manti, UT. Mrs. Bird attended BYU, Utah State, and Oregon State, attained a Master's in Education from Portland State, and taught bookkeeping, typing, and shorthand in Beaverton middle schools.
She and Arus round danced 3-4 times a week. They traveled the world dancing with their club; among other places they danced on the Great Wall of China.
Arus passed away in 2005.
Mrs. Bird is survived by a son, Garth Bird of Portland, OR and a daughter, Vickie Oehring of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Below is the text of the eulogy from Leora's graveside service:
Leora Bird was born Leora Luella Callaway . To Elroy and Luella Callaway. Luella, after her Mother. She was born to poor, minimally educated, hard working parents. She was sealed in the Manti Temple on Dec. 13, 1934 to her parents and with her two younger sisters, Ranee and Shirley. Leora used to say that her father never took a penny of government assistance during the depression. He worked as a sheep herder, as a miner, in a poultry slaughter house, plus ran their farm. Of course her mother ran the farm when father was away, out of town, working.
Leora knew hard work and appreciated it.
She worked hard at home chores, which included helping in their large garden, and feeding the 8-10 lambs from a bottle. Although her mother did not have much schooling, she still read to Leora and her sisters every night before bedtime. She helped them learn to read, do time tables and spelling.
This love of reading and learning, was passed down to Leora, and from Leora to her children and grand children and great grand children. All of them have memories of Grandma Bird reading stories to them, she even read to her dear husband Arus, each evening before she left him, in his last 8 weeks.
Leora worked as hard in school as she did at home. When most girls were quitting school at 8th grade, Leora finished High school. She worked so hard in her school years, and was such a good student that the Principle went to talk to her Mother and Father to please let Leora go to college. Now there was no money for Leora to go to college, at least no financial help from her parents. A Job was found for Leora, scholarships awarded, and Leora went to Snow College. She studied business and education; becoming excellent in shorthand, book keeping and typing. Leora met her husband at Snow College. At the time she had another boyfriend, Lester B. Lester and Arus had a class together. Arus wondered why this guy got up and left class at the same time each week. One day Arus followed him. Lester was meeting Leora. Arus asked the guy to introduce him to Leora.
We know the ending to that story, They were Married in the Manti Temple Dec. 18, 1942.
Shortly after their marriage, they were to be separated for three years. Arus served in Navy in WW2.While Arus served in the Navy, Leora continued her education by going to Brigham Young University, living with Arus's parents in Springville, Utah. Leora Graduated with a Bachelors degree, and worked in Rosevelt,Utah as a teacher. Arus's further education took them to Oregon each summer for summer school. When he graduated, they ended up taking jobs in Oregon.
Eventually Garth and Vickie Bird were added to their family. Along with the children eventually came many pets. Leora didn't live on the farm any more but you wouldn't know it by their pet list. At one time or another they had a dog, named Daisy, cats, chickens , a pet rat, a parakeet , a hamster and fish. All these pets resided at the same house. Leora lived in her home in Beaverton for over 50 years, till she was 89 years old. When Leora's mother was elderly, they added onto their home a bedroom and two bathrooms. They decided to do this because when Leora's elderly mother, Grandma Callaway, to Garth and Vickie, came to visit, Garth would not have to sleep on the family room floor, while Grandma Callaway slept in his room.
Leora worked in a bank, and then taught school many years. She was a wonderful typing teacher, back in the days with type writers. Her class is where many students really learned grammar and spelling. She was always the teacher, even offering to correct letters from Grandchildren that were misspelled. Leora went back to school in the 1960's. to Portland State University, and earned her Masters Degree in Business Education .
A favorite hobby / talent Leora developed and practiced over many years was dancing. Leora and Arus were beautiful dancers. They started off square dancing, then moved onto round dancing; which is classical dances like waltz, rumba, chaca, in a choreographed circle. With their dancing they traveled to many countries as ambassadors of dance and good will. Leora loved the traveling they were able to do. Panama, China, Germany, Japan Greece, and Hawaii just to name a few. Leora also spent much time serving in her church. She served as a Primary President, which is a children's Sunday school for ages 3-11. She also served as a primary teacher, a Relief Society teacher, a visiting Teacher coordinator a visiting teacher , and doing genealogy extraction work, to name a few. Grand children (and great grand children) came into Leora's life, and she embraced them and encouraged them in their learning too.
Leora helped her grandchildren learn to read, love to read, and helped them in their advancing education and talents.
Leora, friend, daughter, sister, wife of Arus, mother of Garth and Vickie,Grandma to - Jenny, Chris , Ariana, Adrien, Jared, Nicole, Nathan, Kyle, Jason and Justin. Great grandma to Lindsey, Justin , Noah and Ryann.
You will be missed.
We love you.
This last dozen of Roses are representative of the roses from her dear departed husband.
For 62 years they were married. For 59 of those years she received a dozen red roses. He was in the service for the first three anniversaries.