Virginia Lee Byrd, 92, passed away on Aug. 7, 2018 at her daughter and son-in-law’s home in Bartlesville.
She was born July 17, 1926, to Wesley Banks and Bertha Pearl Behmer. She was raised in Bartlesville and attended grade school and junior high here, then she moved to Maryvale, MO, and graduated high school there. She moved back to Bartlesville and met Robert B. Reed. They married Feb. 5, 1945 and had two daughters Becky Dick and Lawana Reese, both of Bartlesville. Mom lost her husband in April 1962; 13 years later, she married Jesse Ballard and received four wonderful step children, Mickey, Jessie, Eddie and Connie.
She worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company for 27 years before retiring in 1978. She enjoyed being home, working on the farm, cooking, scrapbooking and spending time with family. She especially enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved them all very much. They were her pride and joy.
She is survived by her daughter Becky Dick and her husband John of Bartlesville, and Lawana Reese of Bartlesville, her step children, and lots of nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, 18 siblings, husbands and a very special friend Ray Brink.
Mom, you’ll be greatly missed by all. Love Lawana and Becky.
Virginia’s family will receive friends at the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel, 918-333-7665, 4201 Nowata Road, Bartlesville, on Fri., Aug. 10, from 6-8 p.m. Visitation will also be held that day from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 11, at the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel, with Pastor Brian Fuller officiating. Interment will follow in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Carter Davis and the Davis Family Funeral Home – Walker Brown Chapel. Online condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.DavisFamilyFuneralHome.com.
Mom, thank God for you.
Your tenderness and care, the hours of comfort within us
just knowing that you’re there.
Your love has made our house a home, a place where we all gather.
Your faith has lifted up the load and filled our hearts with laughter.
Though problems come and problems go,
your faith and love in us still grows.
Thank God for you, Mom. You know we love you so.
Pastor Brian Fuller