It is with grateful hearts that we celebrate the life and death of Charlene Birdwell. Mom began this life's journey on Sept. 7, 1930, the only child of Maudie and Charlie Smith, in Sweetwater; and completed it in Big Spring on Jan. 20, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Big Spring, with the Right Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, the Rev. Barbara Kirk-Norris, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and the Rev. Bill Wright, retired priest and close friend, officiating.