Marie J. Hird, 83

Homemaker

December 06, 2007

Marie J. Hird, a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and entertaining, died Saturday of undetermined causes at Northwest Hospital Center. The longtime Randallstown resident was 83.

Born Marie J. Mu, the daughter of Italian immigrants, she was raised in Hornell, N.Y.

In 1952, she married Charles Thomas Hird, an ironworker, and the couple moved to Randallstown.

In the 1960s, she was the counter manager at the Fairlanes bowling alley in Randallstown. During the 1970s, she worked as a cosmetics sales associate at the old Floyd's department store in the Old Court Shopping Center.

Mrs. Hird was known for her Italian cooking and hospitality.

"Anything she touched was wonderful but especially her linguini with clam sauce," said a son, Robert Hird of Eldersburg. "During Thanksgiving and Christmas, she always had big open houses."

She also enjoyed ceramics.

Mrs. Hird was an active member of the Christopher Columbus Lodge of the American Legion and was a founding member of the ladies auxiliary of the Randallstown American Legion Post.

Mrs. Hird was a communicant of Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 9531 Liberty Road in Randallstown, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. today.

In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Dannie "Biff" Hird of Modena, N.Y., and William "Bud" Hird of Hunt Valley; a daughter, Patricia Dillon of Westminster; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 2003.

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