FORT FAIRFIELD – Rita D. Bird, 89, wife of the late Ray H. Bird, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2008, at a Presque Isle nursing facility, after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 3, 1918, in New Canada, the daughter of Henry G. and Catherine (Michaud) Bouchard. She attended elementary school in Fort Kent and completed her high school education at the former Madawaska Training School. Rita was married to Ray H. Bird, Nov. 24, 1981, and was a communicant of St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, for many years. She was employed in the telephone industry for many years, the Fort Kent Telephone Co. in the 1950s and while residing in Presque Isle, worked for A.T. & T until her retirement in 1983, and was a lifetime member of the A.T. & T Pioneers. After her mother’s death, Rita helped raise 11 siblings as her own children, including three brothers, Bernard Bouchard and his wife, Saphronia, of Cross Lake and Clearwater, Fla., Leon Bouchard and his wife, Aline, of Manchester, Conn., and Sebring, Fla., Bertram Bouchard and his wife, Lola, of Fort Kent; three sisters, Theresa Young of Fort Kent and Sebring, Fla., Phyllis Brimecombe of West Simsbury, Conn., Sara M. Corrow and her husband, Dan, of Newport Richie, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Isabelle Bouchard of Fort Kent and Florence Bouchard of Scarborough; three stepchildren, Ray, Stephen and Jeff Bird; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bird was predeceased by her husband, Ray, April 29, 1989; three brothers, Gilman, George and Philip Bouchard; and one sister, Jacqueline Bouchard. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Giberson-Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a vigil service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. by the Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Denis Catholic Church with the Rev. Jean-Paul Labrie, celebrant. Interment will take place later in the spring at Riverside Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Bird to St. Denis Catholic Memorial Fund, 143 Main St., Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.