April 12, 1961
– March 16, 2013
God gave to us our precious Salley Christine Bird on April 12, 1961 at Trail, British Columbia. From her birth, Salley has been a joy; a loyal friend, a devoted wife, a doting mother, a loving daughter, a thoughtful sister, a caring nurse, and a supportive community member. Beautiful inside and out, she was a woman of faith and said she was ready to meet Jesus when He would call her home.
Salley lived her entire life healthfully; a Registered Nurse, she
modeled good habits and made admirable choices. She was a leader at the Kinnaird Church of God in Castlegar, where she attended local schools and Selkirk College. When she moved to Dawson Creek in 1983, she became a confirmed member of the South Peace United Church. Practicing her profession at Dawson Creek Hospital and at the Child Development Centre gave her much satisfaction.
Salley led a balanced life. She cultivated friendships, connected
regularly with family-members near and far, traveled to warm
climates such as Maui, Mexico, Greece, southern United States,
and pursued hobbies such as interior decorating, gardening, reading, golfing, and lending a helping hand to everyone. “Love your neighbour as yourself” was one of her favourite Scripture-passages.
Above all, Salley’s values of family and home were her guide. She spent her hours lovingly, devoted to the nurturing of her children. She supported their interests, as Hockey Mom; supporter of their education; encourager of their musical, artistic, and sports talents.
Salley’s legacy of Compassion, Practicality, Kindness, Communication, will be felt by the many, many people who she
touched, and none more than Salley’s:
HUSBAND: Shane Robert Strasky, celebrating 27 years of
CHILDREN: Sophie Ellen Strasky; Sawyer Joel Strasky;
PARENTS: Wayne “Buz” Bird, passed away in January 2009, and Davene Bird (Doug Karsten)
BROTHER: John Bird, and John’s wife, Reverend Kersi Bird & son, Austin.
SHANE’S FAMILY: Parents, Fred & Dorothy Strasky; Siblings: Carrie & Randy Swain and their children; Danny and Tracey Strasky and their children; Connie & Wenner Schmakeit and their daughters;
AUNTS & UNCLES: Beverley Turner; Don DeJong; Allen & Jean Bird; Margaret Bird & Bill Bush; Eileen & Dave McLean; Helen & Tom Dawkins; Philip Bird, Vera Herman; Corinne & Wilfred Dreger, as well as many cousins and extended family in B.C., the U.S., the Prairie Provinces and the United Kingdom
GRANDPARENTS, Deceased: Harold & Frieda Herman, Kimberly, B.C., and Bill and Helen Bird, Claresholm, Alberta.
A funeral service for Salley was held at South Peace United Church in Dawson Creek, BC on Friday, March22, 2013 at
2:00 pm. The family gratefully acknowledges the noble Medical Staff at Dawson Creek Hospital and the Vancouver General Hospital. They are thankful, too, for the professional services of the Bergeron Funeral Services Staff…
The outpouring of respect and kindness of relatives and friends during Salley’s illness in hospital and at home in Dawson Creek, will always be remembered….
Interment will take place in the summer, in Castlegar, at the Kinnaird Park Cemetery. Times to be announced.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services
& Crematorium Ltd. To send condolences see