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Helen June (Freudenberg) BirdJuly 6, 1924 ~ December 5, 2017 (age 93)
Helen June Freudenberg Bird was born on July 6, 1924 in Springfield, Missouri. She passed away on December 5, 2017 in Bountiful, Utah. Helen was the daughter of Carl Paul Freudenberg and Nettie Cora Lee Jordan. When she was only three years old, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up. She met her sweetheart Gale Snow Bird during World War 2 while he was in technical training in Chicago. They married on December 23, 1944 and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on January 8, 1945. Helen and Gale served in many church callings, including Val Verda Stake Dance Directors. Several of their groups performed in the All Church Dance Festivals at the University of Utah football stadium in the 1970’s. Helen worked for 25 years as the Administrative Assistant in the LDS Church Historians office. Gale and Helen served in the Salt Lake and Bountiful Temples for over 18 years. They were the happiest when they were together with their family waterskiing at Lake Powell and snowmobiling in the mountains above Ogden. Gale died December 26, 2001.
At the young age of 80, Helen served in the Missouri Independence Mission with her companion Sister Vivian James from 2004-2005. Prior to her death, she lived at Waikoloa Assisted Living Home. Wiakoloa means “Welcome” in Hawaiian. They welcomed her with open hearts and cared for her with love and compassion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale and two sons, Heber Gale and Brian F. Bird. She is survived by two sons, David Bird (Carolyn), Ronald Bird and two daughters, Coralee Bird Carroll (Mike) and Kathleen Bird Palmer (Brian), 25 grandchildren and many, many great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held December 11, at 11:00 a.m. at Russon Mortuary located at 295 North Main Street in Bountiful. Viewings will be held, Sunday, December 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Monday, December 11 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. also at Russon Mortuary. Interment will be at the Sunset Lawn Memorial Cemetery at 2350 East 1300 South in Salt Lake City.