Mary F. (Smith) Byrd | Obituary

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Mary F. (Smith) Byrd Mary Fae (Smith) Byrd, 96, of Martinsburg, WV went to join her Lord on June 22, 2022 at Stonerise Martinsburg.

Born March 3, 1926 in Sugar Grove, WV (Pendleton Co.), she was the eldest daughter of the late Arlie Cameron and the late Mary Elzibeth Smith.

She graduated from Franklin High School (Pendleton Co.) as valedictorian of her class in 1944. In 1947, she graduated from Madison College (now James Madison University), having earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 3 years. While at Madison, she was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau (sorority society) and Kappa Delta Phi (honor society), and student government president for a semester.

Having been active in 4H all her life, she received the honor of being a 4H All Stars and a trip to the National 4H Convention in Chicago in 1946.

On July 25, 1948, Mary Fae was married to Walter Elwood Byrd, who died on November 18, 2015.

Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two brothers: 1st Lt. Paul Smith (Army Air Force, WWII, and David Smith, Martinsburg, and one sister: Madaline Shanholtz of Sugar Grove. She leaves in the mourning brother: Edward Smith, Staunton, VA, sister: Linda Dorsey, Clarksburg, WV, daughter: Kara Jyll Byrd Hayes, and husband Jim of Purcellville, VA and son: Walter Eric Byrd and wife, Linda, of Dickerson, MD, three grandchildren: Jason, John and Jennifer and five great-grandchildren: Jordan, Mackenzie, Brenna, Cameron and Brant.

She was an active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church for over 70 years, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, former choir member, and served wherever needed.

She was a former schoolteacher, having taught at Pendleton Co. and Berkeley Co. for 20 years, teaching mostly her beloved first graders at Burke Street School, Martinsburg.

Fae (as her friends called her) was an accomplished seamstress and excelled at most needlework. She enjoyed sharing her work with her family and friends.

Interment will be private at Rosedale Cemetery for the family only. A memorial service will be held at St Luke’s United Methodist Church, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2022, with Rev. Mike Cantley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Street School, 422 W. Burke St, Martinsburg, WV 25401 or St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home.

Online condolences can be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomes

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