It is with grateful hearts that we celebrate the life and death of Charlene Birdwell. Mom began this lifeâ€™s journey on Sept. 7, 1930, the only child of Maudie and Charlie Smith, in Sweetwater, Texas; and completed it in Big Spring, Texas, on Jan. 20, 2011.
While growing up, Mom moved with her parents all over Central and West Texas, and Arizona, finding whatever jobs were to be had. It was at that time that she developed her voracious love of reading. She attended Texas Tech University, where she met â€œSteveâ€.
She married Harland â€œSteveâ€ Birdwell in 1949, and later had two children: Cynthia and Scott. They moved from Snyder, Texas, to Lexington, Ky., in 1962, so that Dad could pursue his studies to be an Episcopal priest. Following seminary, Mom and Dad lived in Colorado City, Texas, Big Spring, Texas, Roswell, Albuquerque, Lubbock, Texas, Abilene, Texas, and finally moved back to Big Spring for the past three and a half years. It was during these years that Mom forged her 2nd love â€” friendships. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, the Rev. Harland Birdwell; daughter, Cynthia Marshall and husband John, of Big Spring, Texas; son, Scott Birdwell and wife Alison, of Houston; grandchildren: Kristen Elder and husband Richard, of Alexandria, Va., Zac Marshall, of Midland and Colin, Sam and Emma Birdwell, all of Houston; one great-grandchild, Annabell Marshall, of Big Spring, Texas; one beloved dog; one equally beloved cat …. and innumerable books and friends!!!!!! Goodbye, Mom!
We love you and pray nothing but peace for you. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2011 at 3 p.m. at St. Maryâ€™s Episcopal Church, Big Spring, Texas, with the Right Reverend Scott Mayer, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, the Reverend Barbara Kirk-Norris, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Reverend Bill Wright, retired priest and close friend, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Mom and family request that all donations go to either your local humane society or to St. Maryâ€™s Episcopal Church Trust Fund, P.O. Box 2949, Big Spring, Texas 79721-2949. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com