Gardening 09

Kay I. (Walz) Bird

December 2, 1955 ~ March 10, 2022 (age 66)

Obituary

It is said that God takes the good ones first. On March 10, 2022, He took Kay Bird (66), thus adding a most rare and special flower to His garden.

Kay Irene Walz was born on December 2, 1955 in Prairie du Chien, WI to John and Caroline (Duha) Walz. She was raised on the family farm and attended Seneca High School, graduating with the Class of 1974.

She met her husband, Mark Bird, in Junior High. They became good friends in high school, started dating after their five-year reunion, agreed not to get serious, and were married on June 7, 1980, in Prairie du Chien, WI. They lived in Green Bay until 1993 when they moved to Albany, Oregon, later resettling in Hillsboro. Kay was a loving and devoted mother to her eight children, and “Nana” was cherished by her grandchildren.

God and family mattered most to her. Kay was a devout traditional Catholic, and taught others the goodness of God by her example. She had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and daily meditated upon the Passion of Christ and the sorrows of Our Lady. You should, too. At least, that’s what she’d tell you.

Kay was exceptional in everything she did. Her flower garden was unparalleled; strangers would stop to ask her about it. She had an eye for beauty both in nature and in home décor. She was also very principled and morally courageous; she was not afraid to instruct/correct others who needed guidance. She was strong, undaunted by sacrifice, and a fighter to the very end.

She is survived by her loving husband, Mark, and five children: Barbara Kramer of Eugene, OR; Sarah Mataisz (Kyle McLennan) of Veneta, OR; Anne Catherine Duyck (Adam Duyck) of Vernonia, OR; David Bird (Kaitlyn Torres) of Hillsboro, OR; Michael Bird of Hillsboro, OR; six siblings and twenty-one grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three children: Mary Bird, Ronnie Bird and Lauren Bird, as well as her parents and three siblings.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA. 

A Funeral Mass will follow at 2:30 p.m.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
March 18, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garrity Funeral Home
704 S. Ohio St.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Visitation
Saturday
March 19, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
106 Main St
Seneca, Wisconsin 54654

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
March 19, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
106 Main St
Seneca, Wisconsin 54654

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