Dorothy Grace (Tasker) Hird

An 11 a.m. Celebration of Life will be held for Dorothy Grace (Tasker) Hird, 91, of Conroe TX, on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Prior to the service, the family welcomes visitors for a “meet and greet” from 10 – 11 in the foyer at Rumsey-Yost Funeral home in Lawrence. Following the service, interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery with burial next to her husband, Eugene Hird. A sign-language interpreter for the Deaf will be provided. Dorothy passed away peacefully July 23, 2013 at her home in Conroe, Texas.

She is survived by her sister, Adelaide Fry, of Hutchinson KS, her son Carroll and his wife, Kaye, of Conroe TX, her daughter, Kathleen Hird Kostner and her husband Ricardo Kostner, Lawrence KS, 5 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

On September 7, 1942, Dorothy married Otis Eugene “Gene” Hird. She joins her husband and their infant daughter, Julie Elaine, and her parents, Lester and Avis Tasker. She was a 1942 graduate of the Kansas School for the Deaf.

Dorothy was a long time resident of Lawrence, KS. For 54 years, she lived with her husband while raising two children in a country setting 5 miles west of town. In 2001, she moved to Conroe, TX to be close to her son and his family. With the daily help of Annie Williams, her caregiver, and her devoted dog Otis, Dorothy lived in her own apartment until her death.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Kansas School for the Deaf Endowment Association with payment to KSD Endowment: Dorothy (Dot Tasker) Hird Fund, 450 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061 or to make contributions by credit card, please call the KSD Endowment, Jeanette Magathan, at 913-791-0570.

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Messages & Condolences

From john scollon...

Kathy&Carroll- Sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. Trust that the Lord will give you comfort. Remembering you with fondness from yesteryear. We owe much to your grandparents as some of the founders of LBC.

From Nancy Shockley...

Dorothy was a great help to me when I was taking Sign Language classes. She was always patient and understanding. I can still see the look on her face when I was talking about feeding a baby and inadvertently used the sign for “whiskey” instead of “cup”! But, gracious as always, she didn’t laugh at me. My thoughts are with the family as they say Goodbye to a very special person.

From Kelli Bowles...

Carroll and Kaye and families, our sincerest condolences to all of you at the passing of Dorothy. What a nice obituary; sounds like she was an amazing and lovely lady.
Love and prayers,
Kelli, Darin and girls

From Denny & Mary Stauffer...

Dear Friends, Denny and I send our sincere condolences to all of her family. I have known Dorothy since I was in first grade. She and my mother Irene Skinner got together and decided that Kathleen and I should get together to play after school. That started a friendship that has lasted almost 60 years. Dorothy was a lovely woman. She always cooked something special when Kathleen and I had a sleepover at their house. A beautiful seamstress, she always had a project in the making. When my oldest daughter was a baby she made a lovely little coat for her to wear. I know she worked awfully hard at home, but never made it seem so to company. Dorothy always made an effort to talk to me . She could speak so I could understand her or we would write notes. She was always glad for my feeble attempts at sign language. Even though I haven’t seen her for several years, I will always have fond memories. Love, Mary & Denny

From Chris and Pam Rall...

Carroll, Kaye, grandchildren and great-grandchildren…..
She was such a blessing to so many and will truly be missed. We were amazed and delighted as to how she could express her great love for family and friends through her beautiful eyes!!!Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chris, Pam and family

From Judy Brink Grant...

Carroll and Kathleen, We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I have many fond memories from Kanwaka School. Was so fascinated by the way she could call your dog,King! I can still hear the sound she made for him to “come home”. I remember her always smiling and willingly participating in all our school activities.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Our love to you all at this time.
Judy Brink Grant and Betty Brink

From Bob & Maxine Anderson...

Carroll & Kaye,
Please know our prayers are with you
during this difficult time.

From Rodrigo Köstner...

Dear Sister Katita and Big Bro Ric,
My deepest Condolences on your families’ losss, our mothers will gather in a peaceful place, may God Bless your mother, you both and the whole family. We have you in our hearts and on our daily prayers.
Love to all of you,
Marcela, Sofi, Martin, Clemente and Rod.

From Fred Hartman...

Carroll and Kaye,
Condolences on your families’ loss. May God bless you and be with you. Fred

From Cindy (Jellison) & Chuck Scholander...

Kathy, our thoughts and prayers go to you and your family…Chuck and I will keep you in our hearts…May God Bless you all…

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