Sally L. Bird, 55ADAMS, Mass. — Sally Lynne Bird, 55, of 162 East Road died unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Born in North Adams on June 21, 1958, a daughter of Betty Francis Belding of North Adams and the late Holice F. Belding, she attended schools in North Adams and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1976. She also attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Bird was employed as the administrative coordinator of faculty affairs in the dean of faculty's office at Williams College. She had worked at the college for more than 20 years. She also had owned and been a dance instructor of the Sally Belding School of Dance in North Adams for several years, and she and her husband were co-owners of the Subway franchises in Adams, North Adams and Williamstown.
She was a longtime member of All Saints Episcopal Church in North Adams. An accomplished dancer, she had a successful audition with the Radio City Rockettes in New York City. She was crowned Miss Northern Berkshire in 1976, was first runner-up for Miss Vermont in 1978 and was a Miss Massachusetts' Most Talented Non-Finalist. Her greatest joy was raising her two sons and participating and supporting all their extracurricular activities through the many booster clubs.
Besides her mother, she leaves her husband, Frederick "John" Bird Jr., whom she married June 25, 1983, in what was then St. John's Episcopal Church in North Adams, and two sons, Matthew J. Bird and Tanner C. Bird, both of Adams.
FUNERAL NOTICE — Funeral Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Bird will take place Friday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church, 59 Summer St., North Adams. Burial will follow in the family plot in Southview Cemetery in North Adams.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. Memorial donations are suggested for the Sally Bird Children's Education Fund through the funeral home.