Danville Express

Community Pulse - January 5, 2007


Joan M. Nie

Danville resident Joan M. Nie, 63, passed away Dec. 23.

She was born June 7, 1943, in Tacoma, Wash., and was raised in Seattle; she graduated from the University of Washington in 1965. A long-time member of Danville's Community Presbyterian Church, she played an important role in the formation of its Senior Center, now called Prime Time. She was known primarily for her strong faith in battling multiple sclerosis, and caring deeply for her friends and family.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, John E. Nie; daughter Julie Lazar and her husband Joe of Walnut Creek; son Jay Nie and his wife Ronda of Corona; and brother Jack Rafn and his wife Marilyn of Seattle.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 12, in the sanctuary of Community Presbyterian Church, 222 W. El Pintado, Danville. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 150 Grand Ave., Oakland 94612.

Dorothy Marie Macklin Moore Bird

Dorothy Marie Macklin Moore Bird, a resident of Danville, passed away in Danville on Dec. 20 at the age of 88. She was known as Dottie to her friends.

She was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Columbus, Ohio, one of three children born to Park and Grace Macklin. She married Alan Moore in 1940, who passed away in 1973. They were noted for providing a "home away from home" for high school friends of their son, Greg, as well as seeing all their children graduate from college.

She married Daniel K. Bird in 1979. They lived in Beaver Creek, Ohio, until both retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 1981. They then moved to California where they resided in Pleasanton for 15 years.

She was active in Toastmasters, serving in every officer position and rising to the rank of Able Toastmaster. She also served as a volunteer at the Kaiser Outpatient Office in Pleasanton and as an election board member, until she suffered strokes. During her final years, her caregiver Yolanda Garcia provided her with a deep friendship as well as care; her son Ryan became another grandchild to Dottie.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel K. Bird; three children, Richard Alan (Nonnie) Moore of Hayward, Judith Moore (Hal) Young of Danville, and Gregory (Terri) Moore of Los Altos; brother Robert (Marty) Macklin of Columbus, Ohio; three stepchildren, Mike (Mirka) Bird of Bonn, Germany, Joan (Max) Bird of Helena, Mont.; and Mary K. Bird-Guilliams of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Her older sister, Virginia, preceded her in death.

A memorial service was held Dec. 30 at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel of San Ramon Valley in Danville. Memorial contributions be made to the Ryan Garcia Educational Fund, c/o Yolanda Garcia, 209 Paraiso Drive, Danville, CA 94526.


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