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Sally L. Bird, 55
January 03, 2014
ADAMS, 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.
|So very sorry to hear of Sallys passing. I remember when she taught our daughters dancing and in later years when we work with her as she became our Fall Foliage Queen a crown she wore both beautiful inside and out. She was a amazing daughter to Holice and Betty,and a amazing Mother to her sons while fighting many health problems without complaints. Our Dancing Queen Rest In Pease|
|from: Sue Superneau||on: 01-07-2014|
|We remember Sally fondly through many cold days in a hockey rink with her son Tanner and husband John. We recall her effervescence and contagious smile. |
With our condolences, Noah, Emma, Jim and Sally
|from: James Sinkoff||on: 01-07-2014|
|Sally was just the most amazing and wonderful person. We sort of ran parallel to one another, me as a professor and chair at Williams, Sally as someone I became aware of in the dean's office when Suzanne Graver was dean. So much I could talk about! Sally was just always THERE, getting things done, making sure the college worked, while we talked about our children or whatever. Boy, did she love her family. There are rare people in the world. Sally was one of them, and I consider myself blessed to have known her. My most profound sympathy to her family. |
|from: Meredith Hoppin||on: 01-07-2014|
|John and family - Words can't express how saddened we were to learn of Sally's death. She was a wonderful woman. Our prayers go out to you and the boys at this most difficult time.|
|from: Theresa and Dave Levine||on: 01-06-2014|
|I am so sorry that you have lost such a beautiful person both inside and out. I had the privilege of knowing Sally from work at Williams and also knowing her through her friendship with my older sister while growing up. She was always such a fun-loving,sweet soul. She was one of those rare people that could make anyone feel comfortable. She will be missed by the many lives she has touched. |
|from: Julieann Robare Haskins||on: 01-06-2014|
|I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I will miss Sally very much and I'm sending love and prayers to her family and friends. May God comfort you all.|
|from: Nancy Bellows||on: 01-06-2014|
|I am so sad to read the news of Sally's passing. Having known her since we were kids she has not been far from my thoughts these many years since we went in different directions. I offer my sincere condolences to the entire family. my prayers for all of you! I hope you will find some peace in the memories! |
|from: Bonnie (Shaw) Spencer||on: 01-06-2014|
|Keeping your family in our prayers. We are so sorry. Sally was a wonderful person and she will deeply be missed. |
|from: Tammy Wright||on: 01-06-2014|