Sheryl "Cookie" Birdsinger

March 16, 1946August 14, 2019

Sheryl Ann Birdsinger, of Euless, TX passed away on August 14, 2019 in Euless, TX. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, aunt, and friend to all who knew and loved her. Cookie, as she liked to be called by friends, or Mimi/Gram by her grandkids was born in Upshur County, WV to Herbert Calvin Hawkins and Gladys Fern Farley.

Cookie was the seventh child of Herbert and Fern Hawkins. She graduated from Tygart’s Valley High School in 1964. She was well liked by her classmates and was very proud of being voted by her classmates to have the “Best Figure”. She moved to Virginia shortly after, attended secretarial school, and worked for a group of judges in Washington, DC. Cookie married Clifford Leo Birdsinger September 20, 1969 and they settled in Falls Church, VA to raise Shawn and Dawnya. She became a homemaker after their third child, Shane, was born in 1971, and ran a daycare out of her home for nearly 20 years which included some of her own grandkids. After the birth of their fourth child, Tammi, in 1974, they moved to Euless, TX because Cliff was offered a job at DFW Airport. The baby of the family, Brett, joined the family in 1975. Cookie attended Ogle Beauty College and worked as a beautician for many years. Often giving free haircuts in her own kitchen.

Cookie was full of love for all, especially for troubled teens or people who were in a difficult spot in their lives. She treated everyone’s kids as her own and always had a house full of them, where she offered food, financial support, and plenty of love. There were many nights when someone was sleeping on her couch because they had nowhere else to stay. Her house was often filled with laughter, from baseball and football players over after a game, or kids over for Friday night pizza.

Family was everything to Cookie. She hosted dinners on Sunday nights at her house for her kids, grandkids and friends, but no meal gave her more pleasure than Thanksgiving dinner when twenty or more people would gather and give thanks inside her humble home. Cookie was referred to by many as Mimi Claus at Christmas time, when she would organize an amazing celebration, which included a reading of the story of Jesus, a huge meal that she prepared, and gifts pouring out from under the tree. Cookie loved the Lord and led many young people to know him. She wrote many beautiful poems about his love, grace, and the day she would enter into heaven.

Cookie is survived by son Shawn Birdsinger and his fiancé, Rhonda Sparks of Bridgeport, Dawnya Morrison and son-in-law, Scott Morrison of Southlake, son Shane Birdsinger and daughter-in-law, Daphne Birdsinger of Herndon, VA, daughter Tammi Guest and son-in-law, Kevin Guest of Forney, TX, son Brett Birdsinger and daughter-in-law, Lori Birdsinger of Lubbock, TX, grandchildren, Brittney Mitkowski, Brent Birdsinger, Sarah Birdsinger, Christopher Slaughter, Hayley Morrison, Hannah Morrison, Hunter Morrison, Houston Birdsinger, Ashley Guest, Clifford James Birdsinger, Dorothea Birdsinger, great-grandchildren, Autumn Birdsinger, Austin Birdsinger, Audison Birdsinger, Noah Mitkowski and Lily Mitkowski, and sister, Marti Efaw of Fairmont, WV.

Cookie is preceded in death by husband, Cliff Birdsinger, parents, Herbert and Gladys Hawkins, and siblings, Dola Welch, Vivian Green, Calvin Hawkins, Ralph Hawkins, Joy Grahm, Larry Hawkins, and Robert Loyd.

Memorial Service will held at 11:00 on Friday, August 23, 2019 at J. E. Foust & Sons Funeral Directors in Grapevine, TX.

The family of Cookie Birdsinger would like to thank everyone who visited and cared for her during her five month journey. We are extremely grateful for everyone’s support, prayers, and love.


23 August

Memorial Service

11:00 am

J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors

523 South Main Street
Grapevine, Texas


Sheryl "Cookie" Birdsinger

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Janet McCloud

August 17, 2019

My dear friend,how I am missing you.You were like a sister to me.Danny and I enjoyed your visits.We sure had a good time together,visiting old friends from school,going shopping and of course eating out.i will always remember the time we went to the camp and you got to see a black bear run across the road in front of us.we were both excited!You was remembered this evening at your class reunion.Everyone there missed you and was sad that their classmate had passed .Everyone had good memories of you.To your family, praying for peace and comfort in this most difficult time.Cookie loved you all .We often talked about you and the birth of Ashley and Shane’s children, one going off to collage,graduations engagements all the exciting times in her life. She loved the Lord and told me she knew he was with her.Ibelieve she is with him and having a wonderful time singing her old hymns that she loved. Til we meet again Short Stuff(my nickname for her) your friend Stretch(that’s what she called me) love ya ,Janet

Tammi Guest

August 17, 2019

There are so many wonderful memories of my Mom I will always cherish but the one I treasure the most is when she played her Christian music whether it was listening to her cassett tapes of Jimmy Swaggart, Statler Brothers, or sitting down with her to watch the Gaither Vocal Band Homecoming DVDs and sing with Mom. Mom made sure all her kids knew the love of God and raising us in church was so important to her. Her spiritual life made such an impact on not only her family but family friends we knew over the years . She is now standing before God receiving her crown of many jewels and God is saying to her " Well done, thy good and faithful servant!" We will all miss you, Mom. Love you bunches!

Dawnya Morrison

August 16, 2019

My favorite memories were of Christmas mornings. It wasn't the gifts we received, but the joy on your face when we opened them. I miss you already mom.