Ms. Verna A Bird

  • Born: December 18, 1928
  • Died: April 15, 2012
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

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9913 Sherrill Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37932
Tel. (865) 693-9547

Tribute & Message From The Family

Verna A. Bird, 83, died Sunday April 15,2012 at her daughters & son-in-laws, Diane & Robert Johns residence in Knoxville, Bertie lived with the crippling decease of rheumatoid arthritis for more than 4 decades, but that never changed who she was as a person . She was born Dec.18,1928 in Easton, Maine, the daughter of Samuel and Beatrice ( Condon ) Good. Verna( Bertie) was a former residence of Easton Maine for nearly 80 years. Before going to her daughters place in Knoxville to live in 2009. Verna was a hard worker all through her life, but always faced life with a smile. She was very well liked by all. She was a caring and loving daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She also help raise some of her grandchildren, she raised her granddaughter Europa Doughty as her own. Her heart and door was always open. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Samuel W. Good in 1985 and Beatrice Good 1995. Two sisters, Della Good 1931, Nora Curtis 1984, one daughter, Dorene L. Tompkins in 1955, three sons Troy L. Tompkins in 1965, Fred R. Tompkins 1983, Richard L. Tompkins 2009. Verna, has three surviving sisters, five daughters, three sons. Sisters, Leah L. Vaughn of Caribou, ME. Glenna P. Lawslo,of Palmdale, CA. Beatrice Helene Pelletier of Fort Fairfield, ME. Verna's daughters, Diane M. Tompkins Johns husband Robert Johns of Knoxville, TN. Delores M. Tompkins Lloyd husband Brent Lloyd of N.B. Canada, Marie J. Tompkins of Presque Isle, ME. Glenna P. Tompkins of Easton, ME. Kimberly P. Tompkins of Youngtown, AZ. three sons Samuel L. Tompkins wife Darlene Workmen of Tazewell, TN. Anthony P. Tompkins wife Tammy Peters of Ticonderoga, N.Y. Joseph J. Tompkins wife Tammy Cody of Easton, ME. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. If you would like to honor Bertie, the family is asking that you make donations in her name to Funeral services will be held in Easton, ME at the Pine Tree Cemetery in the middle to late June of 2012. The services will be held grave side at Bertie's request. The date of the services will be announced in the Bangor Daily News Aroostook County addition, when the family has the exact date and time.

Condolence & Memory Journal


I miss you gram. RIP love you always

Posted by Rebecca Tompkins - Ticonderoga, NY - Grand daughter   August 19, 2015

It has been some time since I last seen Bertie, but I have so many good menories of her when I used to visit Uncle Sam annd Aunt Bea. I never seen her when she didn't have a smile on her face and a good word to say about everyone. She was a very hard working special lady with a very big heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in your great loss.

Posted by Joan Good - Fredericton, N.B. Canada   April 19, 2012


Dear Sweet Europa,
I am so sorry for your loss, much love to you and your family.
The seeds that she sowed are reflected in the wonderful woman you have become and a beautiful family you have.
Take care sweetie, love ya....Bonnie

Posted by Bonnie Tripp - Ellsworth, ME   April 19, 2012

I was so sorry to hear about Bertie's passing. I have so many childhood memories over in Easton with Gram visiting Uncle Sam and Aunt Bea and playing with the girls at Berties house down the road. I will always remember her smile and laugh which she readily bestowed upon us. I have kept in touch with the family through Dad but sorry to say it has been a few years since I last saw Bertie. Please know my thoughts are with you all at this difficult time but I am sure you have a lifetime of wonderful memories with Bertie to sustain you and I am sure make you smile through your tears. Love Terri (Good) and Larry Tompkins

Posted by Terri Tompkins - Davenport, FL - Cousin   April 18, 2012


Its been way too long,its a time like this that reminds us that family is important.Berdie always treated Gram with such thoughtfulness and love.She was a very hard working woman that has always had my respect.My thoughts are with all of you at this time of your loss.
hugs to you all
Lisa and Family

Posted by Lisa (Good)McAllister - Aylesford NS Canada - cousin   April 18, 2012

When the Lord calls a loved one home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange and i certainly have a lot of good memories of Birtie.She was an unique mother-in law and a caring grandmother to my children Sam & Krista. To all her children and their families my love and Prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Posted by Anna McNally - Cornwallis NS, Canada - ex-mother-in-law   April 18, 2012


There are no words to express the gratitude and love I feel for you. You were my mother, my grandmother, my father, my heart, and my friend all bundled into one very special package. I am who I am today because of your infinite love and support. Your legacy will live on because of your incredible ability to love unconditionally and forgive without failing. You are the glue that keeps us connected, and the lessons you taught us through your daily walk will be reflected in our journeys as we continue here on earth with your beautiful angel wings protecting and loving us from above. The seeds you so lovingly scattered throughout your life will continue to grow this day and for many more days to come. I love you with all of my heart and I will miss you the rest of my days. Until we meet again my dear Mother. With love - Europa, James, Sydney, Emily and Abigail

Posted by Europa Hagarman - Spencer, NY - Mother   April 18, 2012


Rest peacefully, sweet lady! You always gave and never expected anything in return, you're heart was so generous. God sure knew what he was doing when he chose you! We love you dealry and will miss you terribley. Forever in our hearts, Colleen, Helene (sister) and Clarence.

Posted by Colleen - Gulfport, MS - Niece   April 18, 2012

My dear sister,we wil miss you and we will always love you and you will always be in our thoughts.As always your sister in prayer loving you.
your sister glenna
son charles
husand Ron

Posted by Glenna & Ron Lawslo - Palmdale ca., CA - sister &Brotherinlaw   April 18, 2012

"Heaven's train has come 'a callin'

The conductor tells me "time to go"

I hadn't seen it comin'

I wish that I'd 'a known

Soft smoke is billowin' billowin' up

The train whistles a fluted sound

And up eternity's track we'll go

Leavin' this earthly ground

I'd like to have known my passage was booked

The fare departure planned

'Cause I was just as surprised as you

When from life-to-death I spanned

So here I stand on the departure docks

And into eternity I'll go

But I'll leave part of my heart with you..."

family of bertie bird,,,

the pine tree community sure has lost a beautiful person...this place will not be the same without her..she was strong, smart, witty and loved by all...god has taken her home with no more in peace sweetie~~~~

Posted by debra & mike tibbetts - easton, ME - friend & neighbor   April 18, 2012