She was born on June 21, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Delbert and Edith (Schull) Beachler
On Nov. 29, 1947, she married Harold "Wayne" Byrd and he preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2004.
She was a homemaker and enjoyed painting, flowers, antique shopping and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters: Melody and husband Bill Riggs of Bloomfield; Tracy and husband Reed Nonte of Bloomfield; two sons: Larry and wife Patricia Byrd of Bloomfield; Rocky and wife Patti Byrd of Loogootee; two sisters: Marilyn Street of Vincennes and Betty Berton of Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Edith (Schull) Beachler; her husband, Harold "Wayne" Byrd; two sons, Gary Wayne Byrd and infant Jerry Dewayne Byrd; one brother, Pete Gunn; and one sister, Donna Bray.
Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Oaktown City Cemetery in Oaktown, Ind.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service at the Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.