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88, of Apache Junction, AZ passed away on May 25th, 2014. Mary Jane Neuer Byrd was born March 31st, 1926 in Central Pennsylvania, along with her twin sister Jean. They grew up together with their brother David who now resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She was married to Fred Byrd, and often spoke of their years in Grant Country, New Mexico as some of the best years of her life. She taught elementary school for many years and as her children would say, she was fun-loving and mischievous. She always enjoyed the holiday get-togethers at the home she and Fred shared after retiring in Show Low, Az. Her later years were spent in the Valley with Fred who passed away in 2007. She is survived by her sister Jean Neuer Baker, brother David Neuer, and children Don (Mary) Williams, Janet (George) Shingara, Jody (Wes) Delbridge and Jackie (Jeff) Thul, Grandchildren George and Wade Shingara, Colter Williams, Shelby (Jason) Moody, Wesley (Tiffany) Delbridge, Tanner, Taylor, and Collin Thul, Amy (Kevin) Pierce and Shellie (Brad) Malone and Great Grandchildren Vance Shingara, Jet Delbridge, Latigo and Laredo Malone. A memorial service will be held at Sonoran Skies Mortuary in Mesa on Wednesday May 28th @ 1:00pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 28, 2014