Beloved Nurse and Community Member, Otie L. Bird, Remembered Fondly

Reston, Virginia – The community of Reston mourns the passing of Otie L. Bird, a dedicated nurse, avid gardener, and cherished member of various communities throughout her life. Otie passed away on November 29, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and service.

Born on December 27, 1942, Otie spent her formative years in Charleston, West Virginia. She was a proud graduate of Nitro High School in 1960 and later earned her nursing degree from the Charleston General Hospital School of Nursing in 1964. Her commitment to healthcare led her to work as a nurse in the Washington, DC metro area until the mid-1970s.

Otie’s passion for helping others extended beyond nursing. She pursued further education, completing the Physicians Assistance (PA) degree program at the George Washington University Medical School. As a PA, she continued her service in various hospitals and the Group Health Association until her retirement.

While her professional accomplishments were significant, Otie’s impact extended far beyond the medical field. She was an active member of her community, known for her love of flower gardening and her participation in a women’s soccer team during her time in McLean, Virginia. Additionally, she generously dedicated her time to volunteering for community theatre in Sterling, Virginia, further enriching the lives of those around her.

Despite relocating from her hometown, Otie’s affection for West Virginia remained strong throughout her life. She fondly reminisced about spending summers in Roane County with her Grandma Robinson, Uncle Quentin, and their beloved German shepherds Duke and Troubles.

Otie’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of many, but she is survived by her loving family. She is remembered by her son, Sean Lauterborn, and daughter, Jacqueline Lauterborn, along with her sister, Marjorie Clarkson, and nieces and nephew, Mary Irey, Jessica Walbridge, and Matthew Irey. Otie is also survived by her former husband, Thomas Lauterborn, who shared in her journey through life.

Throughout her life, Otie faced moments of both joy and sorrow. She endured the loss of her parents, Mary V. Clarkson and Walter C. Clarkson, as well as her husband, Andrew Bird, and her son, Patrick Lauterborn. Yet, through it all, she remained resilient, leaving behind a legacy of strength and kindness.

In honor of Otie’s memory, donations may be made to the National Humane Society, reflecting her compassion for animals and dedication to their well-being.

As friends, family, and community members come together to mourn the loss of Otie L. Bird, they also celebrate a life lived with purpose, kindness, and unwavering love. She will be dearly missed but forever remembered in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.