Gloria Marie Bird, 82, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 in Sun City, AZ. She was born in Ellenburg, New York to the late Rose Marie Hebert and Homer J. Arno. Gloria was a dedicated home maker and very involved in her Catholic Church of St.Joachim and St. Anne of Sun City serving as a member of the parish prayer group and holding the position of Prefix for the Sodality. She was a respite care giver to her grandson, Jeffrey, whom she adored more than life itself. Spending time with her children, playing cards with her friends, and going out to eat were just a few things that she truly enjoyed.
Gloria is predeceased by her husband, Richard D. Bird; son, Richard “Dickie” Bird; brother David Arno; and parents, Homer J. and Rose Hebert Arno. Survivors to cherish her memory include daughters, Marsha Brunell (Jack) of Worcester, MA, Rosemary Passarelli of Phoenix, AZ, Jacqueline Colvin (Hector) of Peoria, AZ and Karen Hookey (Roy) of Peoria, AZ; sons, Daniel Bird (Diane) of Southington, CT, Michael Bird (Elaine) of Plantsville, CT and Jeffery Bird (Lori) of Plantsville, CT; brothers, Ronald Arno (Eula) of Amenia, NY and Dean Bouyea (Laura) of Millbrook, NY. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren and many friends.
Visitation Friday, April 22, 2016 from 12PM to 1:30PM with Rosary from 1:30PM to 2PM at Sunland Mortuary and Memorial Park, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351. Funeral Mass will follow at 3PM at The Catholic Church of St.Joachim & St.Anne, 11625 North 111th Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 with Father John Ebbesmier presiding. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Monday, April 25, at 1PM.
Arrangements under the direction of Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center, Sun City, AZ.