March 16, 1948 - May 09, 2023
Vicki Bird, 75 of Glenwood, IA, passed away May 9, 2023 at UNMC in Omaha. Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at the Glenwood High School Auditorium with Pastor Darrell Hopp officiating. A luncheon will follow the service. Loess Hills Funeral Home in Glenwood is caring for Vicki and her family.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family will direct memorials for the establishment of a foundation scholarship to encourage volunteerism for generations to come.
Vicki Bird, a beloved member of the Glenwood community, passed away on May 9, 2023, at the age of 75. Vicki was born on March 16, 1948, to Helen Rohde and Kenneth Henry. She graduated from Glenwood High School in the Class of '66 and went on to lead a life of service and selflessness.
After graduation, Vicki married Richard Alan Bird and had two children, Mark and DeShawne. She devoted her life to making others happy and had a light that shone from within that could not be dimmed. She had an amazing sense of style and loved to wear beautiful jewelry, which only made her light shine brighter.
Vicki was a dedicated volunteer and spent all of her extra money on those less fortunate. She made sure that everyone felt loved and appreciated, and it was impossible to dislike her. She worked at the Glenwood Resource Center and was a member of the Asset Group. She played Bridge with some wonderful women from Glenwood and remained an active member of the Vine Street Church (First Christian).
Vicki started the Love Tree in her basement, which began by serving a few families and quickly grew to serve more than 500 children each year. Her love and generosity knew no bounds, and she spent the majority of her time following her children and grandchildren to every single event. She arrived early and sat in the front row, arriving hours early to get the best seat for her family.
Vicki loved to travel. She took lots of group trips - waking the rest with her early morning coffee routines. She spent hours on the road traveling with Richard. They often spent weeks traversing the country and weekends hitting the lake with the kids. Her free spirit required anyone in her friend group to enjoy traveling and shopping in every shop she passed - including every gift shop and Casey's.
She hosted family dinner each Wednesday night and has had anywhere from 2 to 22. She cooked full meals including salads and desserts each week. Extended family and friends would stop and she always had enough for all. No one was turned away.
Vicki is survived by her loving husband of almost 55 years, her daughter DeShawne and husband Ryan Sell and their children, Madeleine (Brandon) Wilson, Parker Sell, Hayllee Sell, and Brock Sell. She is also survived by her son Mark and wife Jeana Bird and their children, Chelsee (Eric) Lee, Lucas (Megan) Bird, Keaton (Megan) Parks, Mason Parks, Lexi Bird, and Dylan Bird. Vicki had three great-grandchildren, Frederick Lee, Roland Richard Bird, and Callaghan Lee. She also enjoyed her large family including her half-siblings and step-siblings.
Vicki Bird was a shining example of kindness, love, and generosity, and her passing will be deeply felt by all who knew her. Her legacy of selflessness and devotion to her community will continue to inspire others for generations to come.