Mary L. Bird
Mary Anne L. Bird, 81 of Southern Pines, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines on Friday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.
Mrs. Bird was born on Oct. 28, 1928, in New Brunswick, N.J. to the late Dr. E. Leon Loblein and Helen Oram Loblein. She attended The Anabel School and graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, N.J. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. During World War II, she served more than 5,000 hours in the Point Pleasant Hospital as a nurse’s aide. She moved to Maplewood when she was married and became a homemaker. She continued to be an active hospital volunteer and served on the Auxiliary Board of Orange Memorial Hospital for many years. She was active in the local and state Young Republicans and served in many positions at St. George’s Episcopal Church.
Mrs. Bird and her husband, Bob, moved to Seven Lakes in 1988 and then to Belle Meade in 2001. After moving to North Carolina she became active at Emmanuel Episcopal Church serving on the vestry, the Altar Guild, as a Stephen Minister, a member of the Order of The Daughters of the King, and a Caregiver. She was an officer of the League of Women Voters of Moore County, a member of the Southern Pines Civic Association and the Sandhills Club. She loved to play bridge.
Mrs. Bird was predeceased by a brother, Eldon Loblein; a sister, Janet Williamson; and a sister, Margaret Lucius.
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Bird; two daughters, Carroll Schweikert, of Key West, Fla., and Wendy Wiley and her husband, Jeff, of Northport, Maine; three sons, Kenneth and his wife, Wendy, of Blue Hill, Maine, Richard and his wife, Lauren, of Searsport, Maine, and David and his wife, Alexa, of Swanville, Maine; three grandsons, Gram Schweikert, Evan Schweikert and Robert Wiley; six granddaughters, Sierra Dietz, Rebecca Greenleaf, Erica Schweikert, Katrina Schweikert, Kaitlyn Schweikert and Emily Wiley; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Altar Guild of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 340 Ridge St., Southern Pines, NC 28387 or to Sandhills Community College, 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.