Barbara Joe Ann Bird, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Barbara was born on April 19, 1944 in Boulder, Colorado to the late Woodrow Wilson Elkins and the late Faye Meile Elkins. She was happily married to Gary Bird. Barbara was a wonderful cook and enjoyed her cookbooks. She had a servant’s heart for mission work and visiting with single women was her ministry. Barbara attended the New Blessings Church in Potter. Most of all she loved God, her family and helping people. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by husband Gary Bird of Hatfield, Arkansas; Step-Son Eric Blomquist of Elk Grove, Illinois; Daughters Beverly Kaiser of Mena, Arkansas, Sunday Kaiser of Ventura, California. Step-daughters Amy Garst of Grand Prairie, Texas; Lisa Fagan of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Cherry Bird of Irving, Texas. Grandchildren Angel James, John James, James Thomas, Hailey, Zoe and Claire Blomquist; Kayla Towle, Amber Todd, David Garst, Kevin Garst, Andy, Alex and Corey Fagan
Great-Grandchildren Shaina James, Madison Cox, Victoria Thomas, Camden Thomas, William Jacob, Saniyah Gonzalez, Jordan and Jaden Todd, and Dillion Fox. Sister Alice Phillips of Olympia, Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents Woodrow and Faye Elkins, brothers, Robert Elkins and John Elkins.
Funeral service will be Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Pastor Lloyd Taylor officiating. A private interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Reception will be held immediately after the service at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena.
Pallbearers will be John James, James Thomas, Ron Garst, Ron Newton C.E. Sanford, and Tony Martini.