V. Faye Byrd peacefully left Shawnee, Kan., to meet her friend, Jesus, face to face on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Faye was born on April 27, 1926, in Bokoshe — the ninth of 13 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years (minus one day), Ray E. Byrd; two children, Jerry Byrd and Connie Perrigo; and two grandchildren, Cynthia French and Jamison Byrd.
She is survived by her daughters, P. Elaine Saner (Jim) of Shawnee; Rosemary Bengtson (Paul) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Karen Byrd of Butler, Mo.; and C. Dian French of Poteau.
She was the proud matriarch of a large family consisting of 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by three sisters, Ruby Urban of Tulare, Calif.; Betty Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas; and Jacqueline Carson of Siloam Springs, Ark.
A Celebration of Christian Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kan. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Shawnee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Central Church of the Nazarene (VBS fund) or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 10000 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, Kan. 66212.
Amos Family Funeral Home of Shawnee is handling arrangements. Condolences can be posted at www.amosfamily.com/2013/07/violet-byrd/ .