Sheree Carol Thomas-Bird, 21, came into this world on December 3, 1990, arriving at Grand Coulee, Washington, into the home of Richard and Laura (Tulee) Thomas Jr. and departed from Nespelem, Washington, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. Raised in the Shaker Church, Sheree played on her Yakima, Washington middle school’s basketball team and later attended high school in Omak, Washington.
Always a hard worker, Sheree most recently was manager at the McDonalds Restaurant in Wolf Point, Mont., prior to moving back to Nespelem. When not working, she enjoyed spending time together with her many friends in person, on the phone and via ‘Facebook’.
Most of all though, Sheree loved her two beautiful daughters Breanna and Nicole.
Sheree is survived by her husband Stephen Bird; two wonderful daughters who will carry on Sheree’s legacy Breanna E. Thomas-Bird and Nicole Wakista-Bird; grandmother Celia Tulee; parents Richard and Laura (Tulee) Thomas Jr.; parents-in-law Curtis and Tonya Bird; siblings: Kara Thomas, Amanda Cheney, Adyna Thomas, Joshua Thomas, Richie Tulee and Mikie Sternbeck; siblings-in-law: Delvin Bird, Darrell Bird, Lakota Bird, Tyray Bird, Teanna Iron Cloud, Jonathan Runsthrough Jr. and Summer Bird as well as numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents Richard D. Thomas, Sr., Esther Iukes-Thomas and Meachem Tulee Sr.
Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, hosted Sheree’s Native American Dressing Ceremony on Tuesday, February 21, at 1 p.m., followed by a wake at the Nespelem Community Center which began at 7 p.m. Sheree’s Graveside Services took place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, (today) at the Owhi Family Cemetery in Nespelem. Nelson Iukes officiated. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, was honored to be serving Sheree’s family.