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Gertrude Henry Byrd, known as "Missy," passed away on February 2, 2013, at the age of 86. She was born on December 17, 1926, in San Antonio, Texas to Samuel Louis Kone and Justine McKay. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, and the University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1950 with a degree in Biology. She furthered her education, obtaining a Masters in Zoology and was working on her Doctorate Degree when she was offered an opportunity to teach children of American Servicemen in occupied Japan. She lived in Japan for 18 months and then moved to Germany and lived there for 3 years before returning home. She married Joe Byrd of Crystal City, Texas on September 12, 1959. They had three children together, Joe Byrd, Jr., Rud Byrd and Tom Byrd. Missy lived in Crystal City from 1950 until 1987 when she moved to Fair Oaks Ranch. While living at Fair Oaks Ranch, she pursued her passion for golf, traveling Texas, the United States, Hawaii, Africa and Europe, even playing The Old Course at St. Andrew's. She was fortunate to have scored 4 Holes In One during her career. Missy was an avid sportswoman her entire life. She was trained to ride horses and rode, trained and showed horses across the United States and Europe as she grew up and while attending the University of Texas. She also enjoyed deep sea, bay and fresh water fishing and bird and deer hunting from early on until age prevented her from pursuing those activities. She also painted for a period of a few years. She was a business woman, farmer and ranchowner and loved spending time on her property. She especially enjoyed South Texas in the spring and was an avid Native American artifact collector. Missy loved to travel. She spent a good deal of time in Europe and Tampico, Mexico in her younger years and continued to travel until her health would not allow her to do so anymore. She was known for her "projects," ranging from building small boats and airplanes to refurbishing her large dollhouse which her father built for her. Missy was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Samuel L. Kone, Jr., sister, Justine McKay Rape and her husband, Joe Byrd. She is survived by her brother, Charles H. Kone; step-sons, Pat Byrd and wife, Hazel, Jim Byrd and wife, Doranda; step-daughter, Liz Parks; sons, Joe Byrd, Jr., and wife, Dana, and their daughter, McKay, Rud Byrd, and Tom Byrd, and wife, Cindy, and their children, Megan, Rachel, and Thomas. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and her little dogs, Bitzi, Tinker Bell and Rob. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Liz Parks, 1106 Custer Pass, San Antonio, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in her memory be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and Girlstown. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan's Funeral Home of Boerne.
Published in Express-News on Feb. 6, 2013
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