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BYRNES, Kathryn Kathryn Lorri Byrnes R.N. Wife, Mother, Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Nurse, and Beloved Friend Longtime resident of metro Atlanta, Kathryn Lorri Fish Byrnes (Lorri) passed away on Tuesday, the 19th of August 2014. Born on the 22nd of November 1961 she was the daughter of Charles and Jullianne Fish. Her mother Jullianne also passed away earlier this year. She was a devoted wife to her husband Kevin Byrnes, a loving mother to her children Nicholas and Mathew Parker and an inspiration to all of those who knew her well. Lorri was expecting her first grandchild, Peyton Elizabeth Parker, to be born at the end of this year. Lorri was born in Albany, Georgia but spent most of her childhood living in the Chamblee Dunwoody area. She attended the Marist School and was a member of the first coed class to graduate. She would go on to attend the University of West Georgia where she would graduate from the school of nursing. Lorri spent the early part of her career working at West Paces Hospital. During her tenure at West Paces, Lorri primarily conducted research on early cases of HIV and worked with terminal AIDS patients. In 1989, Lorri was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Her doctors informed her that she only had a few months to live. Despite her prognosis, Lorri underwent intense radiation therapy and beat the odds. Lorri met her husband Kevin in Atlanta, a coworker of her brother Stephen Fish. The two were married a year later. The couple then settled down together in Roswell, Georgia. When West Paces closed in 1999, Lorri decided to retire and devote all of her time to raising her two young sons. After her eldest son, Nicholas, started high school Lorri decided to make her return to nursing. She began working at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School as the school nurse in 2002. She continued to serve as the school's nurse until 2008, when her youngest son Mathew graduated. Due to her decline in health and new treatment opportunities offered at Duke University Medical Center, Lorri and Kevin decided to move to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2009. The couple resided there until 2012 when continued health problems prompted them to return to Georgia. Throughout her life Lorri was a symbol of strength and inspiration to all of those who came to know her. As a nurse, mother, and wife; Lorri never let her battle with cancer come between her and those she loved. Despite pain and illness, Lorri lived every day with the thought of others in mind. She was a truly selfless women that took joy in helping others. She fought and beat her illness for 25 years. When her body finally succumbed, her spirit remained strong. She is survived by her husband, Kevin Byrnes; sons, Nicholas Parker, Mathew Parker; father, Charles Fish; brothers, Stephen Fish, and Deming Fish. Funeral services will be held on Monday, the 25th of August at half past twelve o'clock at Patterson's Arlington Chapel. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Friends are cordially invited to visit with the family on Monday from half past ten o'clock until the hour of service at H. M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, 404-851-9900.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Aug. 23, 2014
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