Berdene F. Hird

Funeral service for Berdene F. Hird, 86, Lawrence will be 10 am. Wednesday, April 23, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Hird died Saturday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 29, 1927 in Lawrence, the daughter of John W. and Priscilla M. Buchheim Unger.

She grew up in the Stull community, attended Lawrence public schools and graduated Liberty Memorial High in 1945. Mrs. Hird delivered the Lawrence Journal-World for many years, worked at Pladium Bowl, Royal Lanes, and Hillcrest Bowling Alley retiring in 1997.

She married Robert W. Hird on June 4, 1949 in Lawrence. He preceded her in death on Sept. 27, 1999.

Survivors include a daughter Diana L. McNish (Dennis) of Lawrence, sons John A. (Maraih) of Dallas, Richard A. (Diana Huseby) of Lawrence, grandchildren Lisa Chamberlain, Brian McNish (Kris), and 5 great-grandchildren.

She will lay in state Tuesday noon to 8 pm. where the family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 pm.

Memorials may be made to Lawrence Humane Society in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.

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Messages & Condolences

From Toni Van Veldhuizen...

Thank you for giving us at Medicalodges the privilege of getting to know “Birdy”. She gave us many laughs and smiles. She will be missed.

From Mr./Mrs. Frank S. Day...

Saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We only knew of her through you and you have been a good friend for many years. If you need anything, at anytime, please know we are here to be of service. Frank and Edna

From George & Cheryl hunsinger...

Diana, Richard and family; We were saddened to learn of the passing of your mother. She was a good person, and will be missed by many. Her and my aunt used to visit for hours on the phone. Now I would guess they are visiting once again. Except now they can look down on us, and discuss what we are doing wrong. god bless you folks.

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