WATERMAN – Ethel I. (Kempton) Byrd, 78, of Waterman, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at her home.|
The oldest daughter of Violet (Welch) and Maurice Kempton, she was born on Oct. 29, 1934, at home in Sycamore. On May 31, 1952, she married Arthur Byrd in Springfield, Tenn.
She lived most of her life in Sycamore and attended Sycamore schools. She was a member of the Sycamore "Women of the Moose" for 39 years, and a member of AARP. Ethel worked at Turner Brass, Seymour of Sycamore and Jansen Cases, in her younger years. She was a homemaker, and liked sewing, fishing and doing crosswords.
She is survived by three daughters, Irena Kay (John) Perkins of St. Anne, Lori (Rick) Bradshaw of Kingston and Lisa (Steve) Winckler of Waterman; five grandchildren, Jamie Marie Byrd, Kimberly Nicole Bradshaw, James Arthur Fredrickson, Katelyn Alyse Fredrickson and Jenni Renee Fredrickson; four great-grandchildren, Jacob Jennings, Charles R. Jennings, Dallas Perez and Micayla Sanchez; several nieces and nephews; three brothers; and six sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one twin daughter; parents; grandparents; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12, at Olson Funeral and Cremation Services Ltd, Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, with the Rev. Stephen Persson officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore. A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Ethel's name at a later date.
Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services Ltd. Quiram Sycamore Chapel. To leave a memory or condolence, visit www.olsonfh.com; 815-895-6589.
Published in Daily Chronicle on July 10, 2013