Barbara Joe Ann Bird, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Barbara was born on April 19, 1944 in Boulder, Colorado to the late Woodrow Wilson Elkins and the late Faye Elkins. She was happily married to Gary Bird. Barbara was a wonderful cook and enjoyed her cookbooks. She had a servant’s heart for mission work, and visiting with single women was her ministry. Barbara attended the New Blessings Church in Potter. Most of all she loved God, her family and helping people. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by husband: Gary Bird of Hatfield, Arkansas
Step-Son: Eric Blomquist of Elk Grove, Illinois
Daughters: Beverly Kaiser of Mena, Arkansas and Sunday Kaiser of Ventura, California
Step-daughters: Amy Garst of Grand Prairie, Texas, Lisa Fagan of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Cherry Bird of Irving, Texas
Grandchildren: Angel James, John James, James Thomas, Hailey, Zoe and Claire Blomquist, Kayla Towle, Amber Todd, David Garst, Kevin Garst, Andy, Alex and Corey Fagan
Great-grandchildren: Shaina James, Madison Cox, Victoria Thomas, Camden Thomas, William Jacob, Saniyah Gonzalez, Jordan and Jaden Todd, and Dillion Fox
Sister: Alice Phillips of Olympia, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents Woodrow and Faye Elkins, brothers, Robert Elkins and John Elkins.
Funeral service will be Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Pastor Lloyd Taylor officiating. A private interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
9-13-18 4:08 p.m. kawx.org