Friday, January 5, 2007

Mary Elizabeth Byrd, 93, of Cassville, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, in Red Rose Inn of Cassville.

She was born July 9, 1913, in Kansas City, to Anne Mae Hibbs and John Albert Thompson. She attended schools in Mounds, Okla., and Coffeyville, Kan. She graduated from high school in Baxter Springs, Kansas in 1932. During her high school years she went to live with Dorris and Tilman Hocker, then of Baxter Springs and later of Golden. The Hockers were like parents to her and grandparents to her children. She attended Joplin Business College.

She married Maurice Cleveland Byrd on April 21, 1935. They lived in Kansas City, Missouri and Sedalia, Missouri until he left for service in World War II. She was a Red Cross Volunteer in Sedalia during the war. After the war they settled in Baxter Springs, Kansas where they owned and operated Byrd's Drive-In for many years. She was active in the Methodist Church and sang in the choir. She was an officer in the Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority. In 1954 they moved to Moab, Utah, and later to Grand Junction, Colo., where they were engaged in uranium mining real estate. They subsequently moved to Denver, Colo., where they lived until 1977. She worked for many years at the Denver Dry Department Store and at the Brown Palace Hotel where they co-owned a men's clothing store. They retired to Cassville, in 1977 where she was active in the Methodist Church, the Senior Center and the Republican Party.

Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 1984. She is survived by a son Phillip Byrd (Pat) of San Antonio, Texas, a daughter Dorris Ann Skow (Will) of Tucson, Arizona, eight grandchildren, and sixteen great grandchildren. Her grand-children are: Robert Skow (Ruth), Shawn Byrd (Jennifer), Richard Skow (Kirsten), Kevin Byrd (Mary), Elizabeth Skow Nelson (Darwin), Brian Byrd (Kathleen), Mary Byrd, and Patricia Byrd.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Osborn Memorial Cemetery, Joplin, Missouri. paid

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