Sorry about not posting during my usual schedule this week. I was in Manlius, New York (near Syracuse) attending the funeral of my Grandmother, Eileen Bird. You local DC area folks might be interested to know that she was originally from Takoma Park Maryland, and courted my grandfather during WWII in the DC area (Gramps was at Annapolis) The obituary follows:Eileen W. Bird June 19, 2011 Eileen W. Bird, 86, of Manlius, passed away Sunday. Born in Washington, DC, she was a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School. She was a volunteer with numerous organizations, including Francis House, where she was well known for cooking weekly meals for the staff, residents and their families; Manlius Historical Society and a founding member of its Herb Club; Literacy Volunteers and DoCorp Literacy Program in Syracuse; and FISH (Friends in Service Here). She enjoyed sewing, painting watercolors, and planting and nurturing flowers and plants. After years of traveling while her husband was serving in the Navy, she loved her home in the Central New York area and will be remembered as a loving and outstanding wife and mother. She was predeceased by her daughter, Robin, and her two brothers, Edward and Joseph Wilson. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert "Dick" Bird; five daughters, Carolyn (Clark) Davis, Barbara (Michael) Luxenberg, Roberta Cagle, Lynn Thomas and Wendy (Tom) Beames; one brother, Henry Wilson; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ann's Church, 104 Academy St., Manlius. Burial will follow in Manlius Village Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse NY 13208.