Our dearest Cristy Preston Bird, 48, of Springville, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, October 27th after a valiant battle with breast cancer. Cristy was born on September 19, 1974, in Provo, Utah to John and JoNan Preston. She married Jonathan Glenn Bird on July 8th 1994, in Mapleton, Utah.
Cristy grew up in Mapleton, Utah when it was still a small town, and she had many fond memories of living there with her parents and seven siblings. She graduated from Springville High School in 1992 and was a lifelong Red Devil. After High School, Cristy supported Jon while he finished his schooling. She took over the Spring Rhythm Cloggers dance studio, and ran a successful business teaching many kids clogging. Her Spring Rhythm teams were outstanding and won many awards at competitions. In 2003, Cristy went back to school and received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career at Westside Elementary and taught her three children while there. Cristy also taught at Art City Elementary, Springville Jr. High, and most recently Spring Canyon Middle School. She loved teaching and helping kids learn. During her career she was awarded the Crystal Apple Award twice and Teacher of the Year in 2020. She was an amazing educator and connected with students in a way few can. Cristy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved serving in the Primary and Young Women organizations. Cristy was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to everyone she met and she will be deeply missed
Cristy is survived by her husband Jon, and by her three children: Bailey (Hazel) Bird of Laie, Hawaii; Ethan (Megan) Bird of Springville, Utah; Kennedy Bird of Springville, Utah; her mother JoNan Preston of Springville, Utah and her seven siblings; Nicole (Dallan) Walker, Mena Queensbury (Ken), Tina (James) Nackos, Cody (Kara) Preston, April Briggs, Cassie (Scott) Ferguson and Cami (Nathan) Heywood.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 31st at 10:00 am in the Springville 4th Ward Chapel located at 996 W. Center, Springville Utah. A viewing for friends and family will be held Sunday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary located at 211 East 200 South in Springville and on Monday just prior to the funeral service from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the church. Burial will be in the Springville Evergreen Cemetery.
For those unable to join us in person, services will be streamed via Facebook Live beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31st at the following link: https://fb.watch/gvIj2qMTEy/