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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