Helen Louise Byrd
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87, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. She was born in Maxburg, Ohio on Aug. 6, 1925 to the late, Clifford and Lula Rowlands.
Helen is survived by her husband of 66 years, Ralph E. Byrd. Together they owned the Ralph E. Byrd Construction Company where Helen was the bookkeeper and secretary/ treasurer. She enjoyed working on her crossword puzzles and loved her three cats dearly.
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her two brothers, Forest and Buddy Rowlands; and one sister, Carolyn Stillion. In addition to her husband, Helen is survived by her two sons, Norman (Pam) Byrd and Ralph (Ruth) Byrd Jr.; two daughters, Susan (William) Baker and Patricia (Alan) Lorenz; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; sisters, Beulah Gennis and Peggy Brunner; and her brother, Louis Rowlands.
Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel, 801 Pittsburg Ave. NW. Burial will follow in North Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 2-4 p.m. in the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff at Walgreens in Washington Square, the Aultman Hospital Emergency Department and the North Canton Fire Department Paramedics. Those wishing to send condolences or share a fond memory, may sign the Reed On-Line Guestbook at www.reedfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Repository on Jan. 5, 2013