Deanna Rae Bird

November 22, 1944March 9, 2019

On March 9, 2019, Deanna Rae Dunford Bird, 74, of Monroe, quietly passed into the loving arms of Jesus.

She was born in Topeka, Kansas on November 22, 1944. She was preceded in heaven by her husband, Daniel Cecil Bird; her parents, James William Dunford and Alice Eileen Bardsley Dunford; her step-mother, Agnes Faye Henry Dunford; her brother, James Preston Dunford; her many devoted pets, to include, Jack the dog, and her cats, Chloe, Kirby, and Pete.

Deanna had a wide, varying and productive career. She initially worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Topeka prior to her lifelong work with the federal government. In that capacity, she held many significant positions to include working in the Executive Office of the President, under Ronald Reagan; the Office of Management and Budget; and the BiCentennial Commission.

Deanna was a loving friend to all animals. She would feed and care for wildlife on her property as well as supported many animal shelters. She loved it when the raccoons would come on her porch looking for food and they would nibble on her ankles. She fed them as well as possums and other wild life.

Her all-encompassing acts of kindness will be missed by family and friends — both people and animal. Deanna is survived by her son, Daniel Cecil Bird II (Dawn); her daughter, Laura Lee Jones; two grandchildren, James Jones (Amy) and Jacob Jones; two great granddaughters, Eliana and Abigail Jones; brothers, Bill Dunford of Topeka, KS and Ed Dunford of Olathe, KS; sisters, Margaret Dunford Bargewell of Marietta, GA and Connie Dunford Kelsey of Silver Lake, KS; four cats, Mikey, Snow, Jessie, and Bow; and numerous niece and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the members of Elon Baptist Church, especially Beth, Martha, and Carolyn, for being there for Deanna and her immediate family. They would also like to thank two of the best nurses who took care of Deanna, Jessica and Rachel for their kindness and support.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Elon Baptist Church.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Elon Baptist Church, with Pastor Steve Tyree officiating.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family would like you to consider Best Friends Animal Society, ASPCA, The Humane Society, or a local animal shelter of your choice.


  • Best Friends Animal Shelter
  • Humane Society
  • Any Animal Shelter of your choice


  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, March 17, 2019


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Loretha & Bill Dunford

March 16, 2019

Our sweet sister is finally out of pain. We will surely miss her. Enjoyed our visits with her that last few years. We love her dearly and are glad she is finally in heaven.

Edward Dunford

March 12, 2019

I will remember my sweet,soft spoken, kind sister forever in my heart. Even though we lived far apart you never failed to send a card for Birthdays, Anniversary's, Easter and Christmas. I love you. You will be truly missed.
ED and Cindy

Connie Kelsey

March 12, 2019

I have not only lost a friend, but a loving and caring sister. She was the world to me; so kind, generous and such a Christian lady. I know she is in heaven away from all the pain she has endured these last few months, but know she will be sadly missed forever in our lives. She leaves a legacy of wonderful children and grandchildren, and brothers and sisters, who will never forget her. Thank you to Danny for taking care of her; he was a Godsend these past few months. Thank you to Dawn for being with her to the end. She loved you both very much. There will be a be huge void in our hearts forever, but knowing she is at peace, without pain, and is with God, gives us peace. RIP Deanna - love you always and forever ! Connie & Gaylord