Amy Nelle Bird, 90, died of age-related causes Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, at her home in Moscow. She and her husband of 66 years, Bob Bird, had moved to Moscow in August.
Amy was born July 21, 1927, at Thorp, Wash., west of Ellensburg. She was the fifth of 11 children of Herbert and Ileen (Hyder) Legg, who had moved to Washington from Hawkins County, Tenn., the previous year.
She grew up on her family’s farm in Kittitas, Wash., graduating from Kittitas High School in 1945. She and her siblings delivered the Ellensburg Daily Record and helped their parents on the farm. Amy attended Central Washington College of Education (now Central Washington University), graduating in 1949 with a degree in elementary education. She taught kindergarten in Bellevue, Yakima and Ellensburg.
In December of 1950, Amy met Robert “Bob” Bird, who had moved to Ellensburg from North Carolina. They were married Dec. 22, 1951, at Grace Episcopal Church in Ellensburg. The following year, the couple moved to Kellogg, Idaho, where Bob was employed by the Bunker Hill Company.
The Birds had three sons, Kenton, John and James, all born in Kellogg. Amy was a homemaker active in the PTA, Cub Scouts, church activities and PEO, a women’s philanthropic association. She was elected to the Kellogg School Board in 1973 and re-elected in 1976. The Kellogg Elks Lodge honored her with its first “Citizen of the Year” of the award in recognition of her service on the School Board.
Bob and Amy moved in 1977 to Clarksville, Tenn., where Bob worked for Jersey Miniere Zinc Company until his retirement in 1992. Amy belonged to Trinity Episcopal Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels and was instrumental in starting a PEO chapter.
In 1993, the couple moved to Prescott, Ariz., where Amy was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. She was active in PEO, particularly its support for Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. She enjoyed reading, gardening and visits with neighbors and friends.
Amy enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. In 1977, she and Bob spent a month in England and Scotland, visiting her family’s ancestral home in Yorkshire and retracing the steps of author Edwin Teale, who wrote “Springtime in Britain.” They returned to Britain in 1980 for their son Kenton’s graduation from the University of Wales. Bob and Amy participated in Elderhostels in Charlottesville, Va., and the Hopi and Navajo reservations of Arizona. They took a cruise through the Panama Canal in 2008 and toured New Zealand in 2010.
Survivors include her husband, Bob, at their home in Moscow; two sons, Kenton, and his wife, Gerri Sayler, of Moscow; and James, and his wife, Nanette, of Firestone, Colo.; two granddaughters, Jaci Bird, her fiancée, Apollo Kinsey, and their son, Killian Bird, all of Marana, Ariz., and Julia Bird of Firestone.
Amy’s second son, John, died in 1988. John’s widow, Robbin McInnis, resides in Forest Grove, Ore., and her children, Shaun McInnis and Amy Santmyer, live in Beaverton, Ore. Other surviving family members include two brothers, App Legg, of Yuma, Ariz., and Dan Legg of Sarasota, Fla.; two sisters, Joan Klemmer of Spokane and Mary Hayes of Yakima, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Jefferson in Moscow, with the Rev. Robin Biffle officiating.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the public libraries in Kellogg, Clarksville or Prescott; to PEO, earmarked for Cottey College, or to the University of Idaho Arboretum Associates.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.