Thursday, February 11, 2016

Vale, Deacon Janice Byrd

Deacon Janice Byrd has died at the age of 83 years (March 29, 1932 - February 7, 2016). She was an Episcopal Deacon (USA) in the Episcopal Diocese of NW Texas.
Janice was born in Breckenridge, Texas. She graduated from Texas State College for Women as a licensed dietician. She worked for the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, for Indian Health Services in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then finally as the head of Food and Nutrition at the Big Spring State Hospital where she retired at the age of 82. Her work was her life.
Janice was ordained an Episcopal Deacon in 2002 for the Diocese of North West Texas and was assigned to St Mary's Episcopal Church. She served there with her sister, Deacon Connie Fowler.
Janice is survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.
Deacon Becky Orem said, 'Janice played a significant role in my decision to pursue ordination. She was so real - no nonsense, and she had a great sense of humour. She always said, 'Jesus, keep your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth'.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord' 
And my light perpetual shine upon her. 
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, 
through the mercy of God, rest in peace (BCP p 502)
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord;

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