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Charlene L. Birden, 85, Frankfort, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at her residence under hospice care. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ViaQuest Hospice for their compassionate and continuous care during Charlene's final days.
Charlene was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Frankfort to Irwin A. and Edna V. (Reed) Payne.
Charlene graduated from Frankfort High School in 1952 and was a lifelong resident of Clinton County. She worked for Peter Paul for 12 years and for Delco Electronics for over 18 years. She was a member of New Life Independent Baptist Church, attended the First Baptist Church in Frankfort and was a member of the Golden Ladies. She enjoyed going out to eat with her sisters and loved her dog, Cookie.
On July 8, 1953, in the chapel at Naval Base San Diego, Charlene married Richard Birden, who preceded her in death Aug. 3, 2005.
Surviving family includes one son, Richard D. (Pam) Birden, Kokomo; three daughters, Carol (Terry) Shelley, Hillisburg, Connie Hatchett, Frankfort, and Katheryn (Jimmy) Winget, Frankfort; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sarah Staley, Frankfort, and Helen Ray, New Haven, Florida.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; great-granddaughter, Brooke; sisters, Maxine and Inez; and brothers, Don, Doug, Dave, Bill and Bud.
Visitation for Charlene L. Birden will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Columbia St., Frankfort, IN 46041. The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the church, with Pastor Chuck Williams of the church officiating.
Donations in memory of Charlene may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to a local humane society. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Published on October 12, 2017
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