Winfred L. Bird (1935-2004)

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Winfred L. Bird

Winfred Lafe Bird, 68, died April 13, 2004 at his home in Payson. He was born May 1, 1935 in Abilene, Texas where he was raised by his mother and father, Jewel and William.

In 1955, Mr. Bird moved to Arizona where he began his studies at ASU in the College of Architecture. In 1946 on a trip back home, he met and later married his wife of 48 years, Flora E. Bird. They moved back to Arizona so he could continue his architectural education.

For most of his life, he worked as an architect and occasionally as a general contractor. One achievement in particular includes building the only Potter's House ever to be constructed, a design by Frank Lloyd Wright and approved by Taliesin. He is survived by his wife, Flora E. Bird of Payson, his daughters, Celeste (Carlos) R. Sotomayor of Mesa, Lesle (Ukia Odom) St. John of Fountain Hills, Sereana (Kristann) D. Bird of Flagstaff; and granddaughters Nina Sotomayor and Allison McElhaney of Mesa.

Services for Win will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at The Fountains United Methodist Church, 16652 E. Glenbrook Blvd. in Fountain Hills. A reception will immediately follow the services.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259; The Fountains United Methodist Church, 16652 E. Glenbrook Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268.

Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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