Arlene Bird

Arlene Hen, 87, of Quinter, Kansas went to her heavenly dwelling to join Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Friday, April 15, 2022. Arlene was born on October 9, 1934, at household on a farm north of Quinter, Kansas, to Samuel and Gladys Brown Coburn. 

She grew up with two brothers, David and Sammie, and experienced two brothers, Gerald and Edward, who both of those died in infancy. She experienced a sister-in-legislation, Glenva, who was a sister in coronary heart.

Arlene acknowledged Christ as her Savior at an early age at her mother’s knee. She could not keep in mind a time when she did not pray as her mom taught her while she cuddled her. Arlene was baptized at the age of 12 and always felt God’s hand on her lifestyle, major her to help others and to pour out her heart, emotions, and presents for some others. In one of her journals from May 1987, she wrote “The lilacs odor so sweet! They just permeate the air as 1 walks past. What I want my life to be to all people all around me, a sweet fragrance to God.” Arlene’s lifestyle verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all points God works for the superior of those who like him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

As a child, Arlene was recognised as staying athletic, the very first to be decided on for groups. She liked to examine. Her favored items were being books, of which Black Beauty was in particular memorable mainly because it also addressed her really like of horses. She instructed of using her horse to faculty in quality university, 1 situation resulting in a broken collarbone. 

How Arlene beloved animals, especially cats, savoring many dwelling cats and farm cats. Her preferred hideout was the haystack, and she liked leaping in the wheat in the grainery. Her favorite time of 12 months was the drop, most likely mainly because that time held her birthday. 

Arlene grew up feeling so cherished and was blessed to be raised in close proximity to her Uncle Walter and Aunt Emma Ulrich and cousins, Gerald and Joyce. She was also very near to her other Coburn aunts and uncles who frequented commonly but lived even more away. 

In large faculty, Arlene excelled in all her lessons and liked currently being in Kayettes, Pep Club, and the weekly Bible Analyze in the basement of the large college. Her beloved lecturers taught her a enjoy for poetry and record and to be happy she was a woman. She graduated from Quinter Significant College in 1952.

Arlene’s mother and father gave her authorization to marry Glenn Raymond Bird, at the age of 17, before he was to leave for Korea. They had been married on a gorgeous day, January 30, 1952, at her parents’ house surrounded by family members and near mates so her bedridden mother could participate. Arlene and Glenn were extremely blessed to rejoice 70 several years of marriage earlier this calendar year. After Glenn returned from the Korean War, they welcomed four kids to their loving property: Glenna Rae, Melony, Scott, and Stacey.

Arlene was a farmer’s wife and a Proverbs 31 girl, developing a welcoming and pleased residence, andassisting and supporting Glenn with out of doors lawn and discipline operate and farm errands. She was known for her bountiful flower and vegetable gardens, which she shared with many others, utilized in cooking her delightful foods, and preserved by canning and freezing for foreseeable future needs. She generally took warm meals to the harvest fields and prepared abundant foods each day for family members and farmhands. Her children recall coming property from school to handmade bread, pies, cookies, cakes, and incredibly hot glazed donuts all in excess of the kitchen counter. A gifted seamstress, she sewed garments, quilts, blankets, and more for her little ones, grandchildren, and good friends, in addition to offering sewn things for church bazaars, etc.

Arlene cherished tunes, instructing piano lessons to around 55 children and grown ups, and relished praising God as a church pianist and musician in the Quinter United Methodist Church and His Position. It was a common sight to see grandchildren sitting down beside Grammy as she played piano or organ. Throughout Arlene’s last times in the hospital, she savored listening to her daughter-in-law Sheryl participate in her keyboard and her partner, young children, and their spouses singing hymns and praise music. 

A student of God’s term, Arlene taught Sunday School and Bible School, and led or participated in a lot of church committees, boards, and retreats. She loved the United Methodist Women of all ages (UMW) and organizing the prayer chain. She also beloved opening their residence for Bible scientific studies above a long time. As a prayer warrior, she prayed everyday with and for her relatives, buddies, prayer buddies, and pastors. When she discovered of any prayer ask for or require, she did not delay but promptly prayed whether on the phone or road corner.

She was known as a chief in the community, serving as Republican Bash chairwoman and healthcare facility endowment foundation board member, between other positions. She worked to obtain contributions to help various non-income businesses and was so generous with her time and resources. 

The Valhalla Club was really exclusive to Arlene as was shelling out time with her lifelong good friends. In their previously several years, Arlene and Glenn liked sq. dancing, taking part in playing cards, and going to buddies. In their afterwards a long time, they liked conference with new and previous mates at the Quinter Senior Centre. 

When people in the local community prematurely lost their mom and dad, she became their adopted mother. She manufactured a lot of encouraging mobile phone phone calls and despatched letters and playing cards tirelessly. The demands of others were generally a increased priority than her have. Even by means of many hospital stays and until eventually the finish, her worry was constantly for the ease and comfort and wellness of others. An inspiration to many, Arlene generally experienced a compliment and encouraging phrase for all people. 

Right after Arlene’s analysis of lupus, heart challenges and other illnesses, she selected to get over and flip them into a way to inspire many others with equivalent troubles.

Arlene deeply cherished and treasured time with her family. She was an energetic supporter of her small children and their functions. Her grandchildren converse of superb recollections of their time with Grammy–sitting on her lap looking at books, making the most of cousin time, discovering Horsethief Canyon, hunting for rocks and fossils, participating in video games, reveling in holiday break times, collaborating in crafts and functions, coloring and hiding Easter eggs, savoring their most loved foodstuff, buying together, and raiding the “candy drawer.”

Arlene has excelled in so several roles — as wife, mother, Grammy, great Grammy, daughter, sister, cousin, confidante, encourager, prayer warrior, teacher, pupil, gardener, seamstress, volunteer, leader, musician, part model, inspirer, encourager, and mate. She has experienced a full life of loving and dwelling. 

The compassion, generosity, endurance, and kindness she prolonged to all she achieved were being a fantastic reflection of her loving spirit and motivation to her religion in Jesus Christ. This is finest expressed in her testimony: “Through Jesus, all the dimensions of my everyday living are richer and further. I am a much better female, spouse, mom, grandmother. Indeed, better in all proportions of my daily life. Jesus walks with me often and adds Daily life to my lifetime, for He life. Praise God!”

Arlene is survived and will be lovingly remembered by the adore of her lifetime and partner of 70 yrs, Glenn, daughter Glenna Rae (Norm) Alexander of Leesburg, Florida daughter Melony (Gary) McClure of Assaria, Kansas son Scott (Sheryl) Chook of Quinter, Kansas and daughter Stacey (Scott) Wooden of Wichita, Kansas. She also leaves 16 adored grandchildren and 23 treasured terrific grandchildren: Avery (Kim), Abigail, Asher, and Theodore Alexander of Lee’s Summit, Missouri Alden (Sarah), Isaac, Lillian, Benjamin, and Jonah Alexander of Salina, Kansas Emily (Nathan), Caleb, Micah, and Levi Watson of Port St. Lucie, Florida Kesa, Lois Kael, Toben, Eleanor, and Thatcher Easter of Andale, Kansas Kimber (Chris), Madeleine, and Miles Breeden  of Wichita, Kansas Mark (Lili) McClure of Topeka, Kansas Max McClure of Podebrady, Czech Republic Marissa (Jacob) Jones of Springfield, Missouri Michaela Chook of Raleigh, North Carolina Stephen Chicken of Austin, Texas Matthew Chicken of Kansas Town, Kansas Sarah Chook of Kansas Metropolis, Kansas Valerie (Luis), Isabella, Samuel, Aurora Alicea of Benton, Kansas Angela (Jonathan), Jacey, Jordyn, and Morgan Lee of Wichita, Kansas Olivia (Erik), and Blakely Harbutz of Wichita, Kansas and Aimee (Taylor) Carter of Olathe, Kansas. 

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Gladys (Brown) Coburn and brothers David, Samuel, Gerald, and Edward and her sister-in-regulation Glenva Coburn.

The celebration of lifetime will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 23, at the Quinter United Methodist Church, 218 W 4th St. Burial will abide by at Baker Township Cemetery, Quinter, Kansas. 

Visitation will be 5-7 PM on Friday, April 22, at Schmitt Funeral Household, 901 S. Principal St., Quinter, Kansas.

Memorial contributions are recommended to Quinter United Methodist Church or Quinter Volunteer Ambulance Service. Donations may be despatched to Schmitt Funeral Dwelling, 336 North 12th, WaKeeney, KS 67672.

Condolences may possibly be still left for the family members by visiting www.schmittfuneral.com