Barbara Hedden Bird

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Former Sitka resident Barbara "Bobby" Hedden Bird, of Dallas, died March 15, 2009. She was 82.

Born Sept. 29, 1926, to Julia Shay Bird and George Hedden Bird, she graduated from Highland Park High School in 1941. She then attended the University of Colorado, where she received double majors in architecture and engineering.

According to her family, she pioneered the field of architectural engineering for women, having worked for a number of years as a commercial architect in Dallas. She contributed to the design of many prominent commercial projects. After many years in the industry, she changed careers and opened a tack shop for horses in Richardson, Texas, called The Buggy Whip.

She had a love for horses and bought a farm in Garland, Texas, where she could keep her own. She built the barn on her property herself. She also was an avid golfer in her early years, winning several tournaments at the Dallas County Club. In 1988, she moved to Sitka, where she lived until 2005.

She spent many hours volunteering at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. She had many friends to whom she was very loyal for many years.

"Bobby will be remembered for her sharp mind, great sense of humor, independent and adventurous spirit," her family said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julia and George Bird.

She is survived by her daughter, Valentina Sheffield and husband, Charles, and their three children, Brian, Michael and Nicole; sister, Jeanne Bridget O'Dwyer; nieces, Ann Blackwell and Kay Miller; nephews, Tom, George and Bill O'Dwyer; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her family would like to thank Katie Louise Brown for her many years of faithful service.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the North Chapel at Calvary Hill Mausoleum. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time, and the committal will follow services at Calvary Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Bobby s name to the Bird-O'Dwyer campership fund: Circle Ten Council, Boy Scouts of America, 8605 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235.

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