Birdena N. Day

Birdena Nadine Day, 98, of Bluffton, IN, and having ties to Huntington County, IN, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Christian Care Retirement Community.

Mrs. Day graduated from Sioux County High School, in Nebraska, in 1934 and earned a teaching degree from Manchester College in 1938. She taught English, art and physical education classes at Coesse and Albion high schools and taught released-time Bible classes at Liberty Center Elementary School from 1961 to 1973.

She was instrumental in organizing Child Evangelism Fellowship in Huntington, Wells, Adams and Jay counties. She was a 70-year member of Liberty Center Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school until she turned 90 and was active in the Bible School program. She was a member of the Homemakers Club for almost 60 years, serving as president and earning the Woman of the Year award in 1986. She was also named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women’s Club.

She was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Sioux County, NE, to Edwin John and Daisy May Gephart Voigt. She married Charles E. Day on May 20, 1944, in the Army Chapel in Chandler, AZ, and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1990.

Survivors include a son, William E. Day, of Bluffton; a daughter, Joyce (Dennis) Accavallo, of Bluffton; a daughter-in-law, Pam (Joe) Day Meadors, of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Lindsey (Eric) Romack and Mitchell Day, both of Indianapolis; Kevin (Shannon) Day, of Chicago, IL; Charles Accavallo, of Nashville, TN; Anna Day, of Oregon, IL; and Allison Day, of Charlottesville, VA; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling is Friday, March 10, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, in Bluffton. A service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service, at the Liberty Center Baptist Church with Rev. Aaron Westfall officiating. Burial will be at Mossburg Cemetery in Liberty Township, Wells County.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Liberty Center Baptist Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship.

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