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Mary Jo Byrd
July 18, 1939 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Mary Jo Byrd; passed away peacefully from natural causes on November 26, 2023, in Bel Air, Maryland. Born on July 18, 1939, in Baltimore, Maryland.
She was a dedicated wife of 41 years to her loving husband, Jimmy Byrd. Their bond was evident in the love and respect they had for one another. She was also the cherished mother to Deborah M. Frost, Michael Frost and his wife Sharon, Donna M. Bruno and her husband Anthony, and Dina M. Wankel. Her love extended to her many grandchildren, Michael, Meghan, Michael, Zachary, Ryan, Casey, Brianna, Avery, Paxton, Rowan, Nash, Beck, Tate, Olivia, Riley, Darby, Dalaney, and Caleb. Mary Jo's love for her family was boundless, and she was a constant source of warmth and comfort to all who knew her.
Mary Jo was the beloved sister of Joseph Jr, Kathleen, Linda, Dennis, Theresa, and Donald. She was preceded in death by her dear siblings, Gerard, Robert, and Richard. Her love was also shared with her furry companion, her Yorkie, Marley, who brought her immense joy and companionship.
She was a hardworking and dedicated employee who retired from Westinghouse. Her commitment and dedication to her work were admired by all who knew her. She was a long-standing member of St. Marks Church in Fallston, Maryland, where she actively participated in church activities and formed lifelong friendships.
Mary Jo had a zest for life that was truly infectious. She was a passionate fan of the Baltimore Ravens and had an unyielding love for Maryland Crab and Crab cakes and had a special place in her heart for Christmas, and she loved shopping for the festive season. Her love for country music was well-known among her friends and family, and she could often be found dancing to her favorite tunes. Some of her favorite Nannyisms and sayings were " pea pickin", "hogs ass and hominy grits", " your Aunt Minnie", " yea right babes", and " lips ohoy" just to name few.
Her creative streak was manifested in her love for making crafts and centerpieces for weddings; intricate designs were a testament to her attention to detail and her love for all things beautiful; the crafts were not just objects of decor, but a manifestation of her love and affection for those around her.
She will be remembered as a loving, kind, and thoughtful woman whose presence brought joy and comfort to those around her. Her life was a testament to her values of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness. Her memory will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Mary Jo's ife was a tapestry of love and warmth, woven together with threads of kindness and thoughtfulness. Her love for her family, her passion for her hobbies, and her dedication to her work and church were the threads that made her life so rich and vibrant.
Her passing leaves a void that cannot be filled, but her memory will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. Her love, kindness, and thoughtfulness have left an indelible mark on all our lives, and she will be deeply missed. Mary Josephine Byrd's legacy will continue to inspire and guide us, reminding us of the importance of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness in our lives.
Family and friends will honor and celebrate Mary Jo's life at Evans Life Celebration Home-3 Newport Drive (Rts 23 and 24-Forest Hill) on Thursday, November 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM with a funeral service 10:30 AM Friday, December 1. Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetery.