Ora Gail MARTIN Bird (1916-2010)

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Ora Gail MARTIN Bird (1916-2010) Project

 

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Ora Gail MARTIN Bird (1916-2010) Project

 

Frances Gail BIRD Crooks (1946-2014) Project Manager 

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LINTON & BIRD CHRONICLES, Volume V, Issue 1, Spring 2010, ISSN 1941-3521

updated November 22, 2020

 

Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010)  was born on November 18, 1916, in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas.  Gail was the daughter of Joe Frank MARTIN (1894-1988) born in Clute, Brazoria County, Texas & Hulda Myrtle YOUNG (1890-1982) born in Olvey, Boone County, Arkansas. Ora went by her middle name Gail. She was the granddaughter of Abner Harvey MARTIN (1848–1903) & Mary E. "Molly" "Maggie" THOMAS (1849-1898).

Gail married Pastor Frank Lafayette BIRD (1913-1994)  on July 12, 1936, in the Ridetop Baptist Church, in Austin, Travis County, Texas.  Frank was the son of Thomas Jefferson BIRD (1861–1931) & Drusilla GAY (1868–1948).  Frank was born on April 1, 1913 in Birdville, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and died on June 20, 1994 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

 

Obituary: Ora Gail MARTIN Bird (1916-2010)

 

"On May 5, 2010, our loving Mother and Grandmother, Gail Bird, was called home to our Heavenly Father at age 93. Affectionately known to many as Nanny Bird, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Bird, Sr., on June 23, 1993. She is survived by her three children Frank and Lorene Bird of Houston, Richard and Mary Bird of Austin and Frances and Gerald Crooks of Leander. Also surviving are her two brothers Virgil Martin of Port Lavaca and Don and Doris Martin of Beaumont. Nanny Bird's greatest joy in life was her Faith in Christ and the love for her 13 Grandchildren, 39 Great-grandchildren and 10 Great-Great Grandchildren. It was through her kind and patient ways that many of us could witness an example God's unconditional love in our lives. Her dedication to following his teachings were an inspiration to all her knew her and will always be light for our own paths. She was a member of Hyde Park Baptist Church for over 60 years. Along with her husband, she taught Sunday School for over 45 years and also baked desserts for the church kitchen for over 15 years. In her later years, she became a member of the Prayer Warriors, who were a close knit group of elders that conducted daily prayer meetings and bible lessons. Nanny Bird touched all of us in a special way. It was the way she lived her life that showed us the true meaning of Love. She will always be carried in our hearts and may we continue to show others the love she gave to us." 5 

 

Frank & Gail had three children:

 

I.  Frank Lafayette BIRD Jr.was born on November 1, 1941 in Austin, Travis County, Texas Frank married Charlene Marie AUGELL on October 4, 1960 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Charlene was born about 1941 in Texas. 6 (6)

Children from this marriage were:

i. Melissa A. BIRD was born on October 19, 1960 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Melissa, married Johnny WRIGHT, in November 1976 in TX. Johnny was born about 1960 in Texas.

 

ii. Mark A. BIRD was born on May 10, 1962 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Mark had a residence in Houston, Harris County, Texas

 

iii. Jeffrey Dean BIRD was born on June 3, 1965 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Jeffrey married Maria on September 1, 1987 in Texas. Maria was born in 1965, in Texas.

 

iv. John L. BIRD was born on April 16, 1969 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

 

v. Mary E. BIRD was born on March 9, 1970 in Austin, Travis County, Texas.

 

   Frank next married Bonnie HOUSTON, on January 9, 1988, in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Bonnie was born about 1941 in Texas. 7 

 

II. Richard Martin BIRD was born on February 12, 1943 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Richard married Patricia Eileen JOHNSON on June 3, 1963 in Travis County, Texas. Patricia was born about 1943 in Travis County, Texas.

 

Richard & Patricia had one child:

 

i. April BIRD  was born on June 21, 1970 in Travis County, Texas.

 

Richard next married Carolyn on September 1, 1972 in Texas. Carolyn was born about 1943, in Texas. 8 

 

III.  Frances Gail BIRD was born on March 6, 1946 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Frances married Gerald Wayne CROOKS Sr., the son of Arthur Earvin CROOKS & Willowease BLAIR, on June 17, 1967 in Travis County, Texas. Gerald was born on August 21, 1944 in Travis County, Texas. 9  

 

Frances Gail BIRD (1946-2014) Obituary

 

“Frances Bird Crooks passed away on November 26, 2014. She was born in Austin, Texas on March 6, 1946 to Frank and Ora Bird. Plagued throughout most of her life with multiple health problems, she never let them control who and what she was – a woman with a heart of gold who spread love and hope to all who were fortunate to know her.

 

Frances is survived by her loving husband, Gerald Crooks; daughters, Tammy Jones, Laura Hayes, Debbie Melton and her only son, Gerald "Jerry" Crooks, Jr. Her family cherished every minute they had with this fine, upstanding Christian woman who taught them what true love is through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Frances is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Frank Bird, Jr. and Richard Bird, and many additional family members.

 

A visitation will be held on December 5, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 1200 South Bagdad Road, Leander, Texas, 78641. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at New Hope First Baptist Church, 200 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park, Texas, 78613. A graveside service will follow at 11:15 a.m. at Bagdad Cemetery, 1120 Applerock, Leander, Texas, 78641.

 

The family has requested that you join them as they celebrate the life of such an amazing woman.”

 

Frances Gail and Wayne had four children:

 

i. Tammy K. CROOKS was born on December 16, 1962 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Tammy married Chris JONES on January 1, 1982 in Texas. Chris was born about 1962 in Texas.

 

ii. Laura Gail CROOKS was born on April 6, 1968 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. Laura married Buddy HAYES on November 7, 1987 in Texas. Buddy was born about 1968 in Texas.

 

iii. Debbie Lynn CROOKS was born on October 29, 1969 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. 

 

iv. Gerald Wayne CROOKS Jr. was born on October 25, 1972 in Austin, Travis County, Texas. 10

 

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Sources

  1. Ancestry.com, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

 

  1. Ancestry.com, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 (Source Information: Ancestry.com. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.)

 

  1. Obituary: Ancestry.com U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA 

 

  1. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

 

  1. Obituary: Ancestry.com U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA.

 

  1. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

 

  1. Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index (Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, comp. Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings. Merlin Data Publishing Corporation, 215 South Complex Drive, Kalispell, MT 59901.)

 

  1. BIRD Family Reunion research data attained at various family reunions 1968-1995 by Terry Louis Linton.

 

  1. Ancestry.com, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005). Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005 

Frank Lafayette BIRD Sr., (1913-1994) & Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010) Marriage License dated July 8, 1936. Married by Everett S. Martin signed July 12th and record in the Travis County Court House Records on July 16th 1936.

Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010)

Direct Martin ancestral linage

 

Frances Gail BIRD (1946-2014)

Terry Louis Linton © 2014

Linton Research Fund Inc., Publication © 2014

BIRD Chronicles Volume XV, Issue 3, Fall © 2020, ISSN 1941-3521 

 

Honoring and Remembering, my cousin & my friend & fellow family genealogist, Frances Gail BIRD (1946-2014) may you Rest-in-peace.  Frances was a lifelong family genealogist loving doing research on her family history. Frances was the daughter of Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010) my Mom, Evelyn Virginia BIRD Linton (1922-2012)’s favored aunt, “Aunt Gail”. Frances was a Member of the Linton Research Fund Inc., a writer & editor for BIRD Chronicles and the Project Manager of the Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010) Project and the Frank Lafayette BIRD Sr., (1913-1994) Project. Frances was also very evolved in the LINTON & BIRD Chronicles on Facebook. Missing You.  

 

Direct MARTIN ancestral linage:

 

6th great-grandparents

George Burneham MARTIN (1618-1686) emigrant & Susannah "Goodie" NORTH (1621–1692)

 

5th great-grandparents

Henry MARTIN (1672-1755) & Rachel Ann NOY (1675–1757)

 

4th great-grandparents

Captain James H. MARTIN (1699-1775) & Elizabeth W. CRAWFORD (1699–1759)

 

3rd great-grandparents

David Crawford MARTIN (1734-1779) & Mary MANN (1732–1799)

 

2nd great-grandparents

Lieutenant Obediah MARTIN (1761-1826) & Winnifred COOK (1761–1841)

 

Great-grandparents

David Cook MARTIN (1793-1863) & Hannah FROST (1808–1854)

 

Grandparents

Abner Harvey MARTIN (1848-1903) & Mary E. "Molly" "Maggie" THOMAS (1849–1898)

 

Parents

Joe Frank MARTIN (1890-1970) & Hulda Myrtle YOUNG (1890–1982)

 

Ora Gail MARTIN (1916-2010)