Inez Bessie Bird, 97, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at the Greensboro Nursing Home with her loving family by her side.
She was born Dec. 22, 1917, in West Woodbury, the daughter of the late Agnes Mae Fisher and Carl B. Burnham. She attended Woodbury public schools.
In 1947 she married William Henry Bird. They lived most of their married life in Hardwick.
Inez was employed for many years at the Hardwick Ware Knitters and as a waitress at several Hardwick and Stowe area restaurants. She spent several happy years in her retirement as a senior companion for the Area Agency on Aging, visiting with her "ladies."
She was, above all, Mom and Gram. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply and enjoyed her 97th birthday and Christmas 2014, saying she looked forward to her 98th birthday cake. She suffered a stroke on Dec. 26 and recovered enough for a few days to have many visits and conversations with her loved ones that they will always appreciate.
Her last four and a half years were spent as a resident of the Craftsbury Community Care Center. She loved the years spent there and her sunny corner room, the residents and the attentive staff who treated her like family.
She was affiliated with the United Church of Hardwick and a member of Circle #1 of that church; a member of the Coral Chapter 16 of the Order of the Eastern Star in Morrisville and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 7 in Hardwick. She enjoyed socializing, knitting, crocheting and playing cards.
Survivors include two children, William L. "Bill" Bird, of Hardwick and Florida, and Lenore Renaud and her husband, Wayne, of Hardwick; seven grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law John Kapusta; and many nieces and nephews.
Inez was predeceased by her husband, William H. "Bill" Bird, in 1969; two daughters, Connie Kapusta in 2010 and Cathleen Potvin in 2008; and two sisters, Dorothy Bird and Lucy Goodell.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Vermont Funeral Home, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the United Church of Hardwick with the Rev. Evelyn Lavelli officiating. Spring burial will be in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery in Hardwick.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Craftsbury Community Care Center, 1784 E. Craftsbury Road, Craftsbury, VT 05826.
Arrangements are under the direction of Dian R. Holcomb of Northern Vermont Funeral Service, 60 Elm St., Hardwick.