Laura ‘Birdie’ Paris

PARIS, Laura M. “Birdie,” 51, of Follansbee, WV, died Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Trinity West in Steubenville, OH.

Born on August 2, 1962, Birdie is the daughter of Laura Karpinski Paris of Follansbee, WV and the late John Paris Sr.

Birdie graduated from Weir High School and was presently employed as a cashier at the service desk at the Weirton Wal-Mart. While working at Wal- Mart she enjoyed raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, a cause she felt strong about ever since it was co-founded by Marie Osmond in 1983. She was a big fan of Donnie and Marie, and traveled the country to meet with them and see them perform in concert. Most recently she attended their concert with her son, Kenny, and her granddaughter, Rhiannon, at the Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. In her free time she liked crocheting and spending time with her beloved family.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, Laura Karpinski Paris, is her son, Kenny (Rachael) Paris. She is also survived by her three brothers, Joseph (Rebecca), Paul (Shari) and John (Beverly) Paris; her four sisters, Carol (Dave) Palcic, Mary (James) Kiernan, Vivian McAllister, and Rosalie Sy; her two grandchildren, Travis Lowther, and Rhiannon Paris; her godson, Isaac Kiernan.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday and 10 until the time of funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, WV. Rev Rudy McAllister will preside.

Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Miracle Network, www.childrens miraclenetworkhospitals. org

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