Evelyn D. Byford, of Bryan, Tx passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday September 18, 2014 at the age of 84.
Evelyn was born in Cameron, Tx on January 23, 1930 to Joe A. and Matilda Zarosky. She was raised in Cameron, Texas where she graduated from Yoe High School in1949. She moved to Waco to pursue a career as a Medical Lab Technician.
Evelyn and W.J. Byford were married on September 1, 1951 in Biloxi Mississippi, whom she shared 55 years of marriage with.
She became the first President of the Lady of Texas Society of Professional Engineers for the Brazos Chapter in 1962.
She worked as a lab technician for several Doctors in Bryan back in 1955 up until 1965.
Evelyn eventually decided to spend time raising her four children.
In 1982, Evelyn decided to take on a new venture as a sole proprietor and open her own floral shop named “Evelyn’s Originals”. She specialized in weddings and special events for 14 years until her retirement in 1996. Evelyn enjoyed cooking, gardening spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.
She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan.
She is survived by her children, daughter Rebecca Byford of Dallas, Texas,; Son William Byford of Bryan, Texas,; Son Robert Byford of Bryan, Texas; and daughter Renee Mynier and son-in-law Roy Mynier of Austin,Texas and granddaughters Julia and Lindsey Mynier. Surviving sisters include Mary Frances Shipp of Cameron, Texas; Bernice Sims of Cameron, Texas; and brother George Zarosky of Houston, Texas.
She is preceded in death by her parents Joe A. and Matilda Zarosky, husband W.J. Byford, brother Joe D. Zarosky, bother-in-laws Buddy Shipp and Herbert Sims.
The family would like to thank all of her doctors and their staff for the wonderful care she received throughout the years. The family would also like to acknowledge Hospice Brazos Valley and Mrs. Sarah Day, Millican, Tx for their exceptional, compassionate and heartfelt care she received.
A Funeral Mass will be at 2pm on Sunday, September 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her family will receive guests at 1:30pm until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Rest Ever Memorial Park. Reverend Monsignor John McCaffrey will officiate. Life Tribute Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
In lieu of flowers her family ask that memorial gifts be given to Hospice of Brazos Valley, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, St. Joseph Catholic Church, or your favorite charity of choice in her name.
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