Joyce G. Bird, 76, of Canon, Ga., died peacefully Saturday, May 16, 2009, at her home.

She was born Jan. 8, 1933, in Enterprise, the daughter of Kenneth Showers and Dorothy Henderson Showers. She married Geary F. Bird in 1951. She graduated from Joseph High School in 1952. She and her husband owned and operated businesses in Enterprise and Klamath Falls. She attended Concordia University in Portland from 1966 to 1967, McComb Community College in 1969 and graduated from Sangamon State in Springfield, Ill. in 1971. She earned the designation of Master Gardener from the University of Georgia in 1996.

Survivors include her husband, Geary; three sons, Denis Bird of Milford Ohio, Chris Bird of Edmond, Okla. and Michael Bird of Sidney, Neb.; a daughter, Karen Carney of Rocky Mount N.C.; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 18 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Toccoa, Ga. Stickland Funeral Home - Harwell Chapel of Hartwell, Ga. was in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joyce Bird Memorial Fund, Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1154, Toccoa, GA 30577. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Graveside services were held May 26 at the Joseph Cemetery in Joseph.

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