Soldotna resident Lisa Danette Bird died Thursday, April 15, 2004, at her home in Soldotna. She was 36.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Burial will follow the funeral at Spruce Grove Memorial Park. Viewing will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Glen, Justin, Wayne, Sissy and Kristy Bird and Chris Griffin. A gathering of family and friends will follow the burial at the Funny River Community Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Ms. Bird was born Jan. 21, 1968, in Tennessee. She moved to Alaska at a very young age. She lived in Sitka as a youth. She came to the Kenai Peninsula as a teenager and lived in the Funny River-Soldotna areas. She attended school in Alaska and received her GED from the state of Alaska. She also received some business degrees from Frontier VoCab.
She worked for Little Ski-Mo, Funny River General Store, Tammy's Flowers, Payless Shoes and, most recently, the Duck Inn.
"Lisa was a pretty girl who turned into a very beautiful woman. She had no idea how many lives she touched, or how many people loved her deeply. Lisa was very artistic and could make an old piece of wood look like a great work of art. She loved anything that sparkled and leaves a legacy in her three sparkling daughters. She enjoyed bowling, sled riding and spending time with her children, and had a great love of the ocean. We will all miss her very much and hope that she has found peace she so richly deserves," her family said.
Ms. Bird is survived by her daughters, Dixie, Royce and Shelby Bird, all of Funny River; father, Landon Griffin of North Carolina; mother, Ruby Smith of Oregon; brothers, Chris Griffin, who is in the military, and Wayne Smith of Oregon; sisters, Renee Justice of North Carolina and Tammy Griffin of Washington; grandfather, Homer Tweed of North Carolina; and aunts and uncles of North Carolina and Tennessee. She is also survived by her Alaskan family, Roy Bird, Elmer and Pat Bird and many other family members of the Bird and Moore families who considered Lisa one of their own.
Memorial donations may be sent to the family at 37020 Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669. The money will be used to help with her children's expenses and also a headstone for her grave.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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