V. Faye Byrd

V. Faye Byrd peacefully left Shawnee, Kansas, to meet her friend, Jesus, face to face on Saturday, July 27th, 2013.  


She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years (minus 1 day), Ray E. Byrd, as well as 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), Rosemary Bengtson (Paul), Karen Byrd, and C. Dian French.  She was the proud matriarch of a large family consisting of 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren and a multitude of  nieces and nephews. 


Faye was born on April 27th, 1926, in Bokoshe, Oklahoma – the 9th of 13 children.   She is also survived by 3 sisters, Ruby Urban, Betty Johnson, and Jacqueline Carson. 


She and Ray raised their family in the Shawnee area before moving to West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1978.  Faye moved back to Johnson County in 1994. 


They opened their home to many less fortunate people over the years and willingly shared God’s provision, love and grace with them.  She loved kids (hers and everyone else’s).  She was involved in the bus ministry at Shawnee Church of the Nazarene and West Memphis Church of the Nazarene for many years and she loved serving snacks at Vacation Bible School.


Although, Faye had to quit school in the 6th grade to help at home, she valued education enough that she went back to school and got her high school diploma at age 66.   She was a gifted poet and song writer who taught herself to play the guitar as a teenager.  She loved Christian Music, Southern Gospel and Country. 


She was a waitress at several area restaurants for 30 years. She worked at Inland Cold Storage, Ted Manufacturing, National Car Rental, Schneider Trucking and Sears. She left the workforce at age 80.


Most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior.  She loved to share His message of salvation with anyone she met.  She joyfully anticipated spending eternity in His presence. 


Visitation and Funeral Service


Visitation will be at 10:00-11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013, followed immediately by the Celebration of Christian Life service at Central Church of the Nazarene, 12600 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Shawnee, Kansas.  



Memorial Contributions


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:


Central Church of the Nazarene (VBS fund)

12600 W. 87th Street Parkway

Lenexa, Kansas 66215




Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care

10100 W. 87th Street

Overland Park, Kansas 66212








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5 Comments on “V. Faye Byrd”

  1. Soledad and Fred Raborn Says:


    My prayers are with you and your family. Love Sole and Fred

  2. Belinda Steele Says:

    Rosie and family: So sorry to hear of the lost of your love one. She is resting in peace in Jesus arms. Find comfort in knowing you have done everything humanly possible to make live easier for her during her illness.

  3. Tom & Carla Bongino Says:

    Our prayers are with the family during this time of loss . She is now spending eternity with her lord and savior, and her husband and family .

  4. Jimmie and Lori Hadsall Says:

    Condolences and deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother and grandmother. While you said good-bye, her family on the other side were excitedly shouting, “Here she comes!”

  5. Ellen Markley Says:

    It was a joy,of having her as our neighbor.And we sure miss her .and we will always value all the special memories.And she will be missed by everyone. Ellen & Richard Markley Mama Byrds Neighbors.

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