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Barbara Jane Byrne Died - September 27, 2012 Asheville, NC - Barbara Jane Byrne, 85, of Asheville, NC, peacefully passed away with her children by her side on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. Asheville, NC. A native of White Plains, NY, Ms. Byrne was a daughter of the late Frank and Florence Broderick Deppen. Ms. Byrne was also preceded in death by her sister, June Stokes. Barbara was a graduate of Cornell University. She taught elementary school in Florida, New York, and completed her career in Connecticut. She later moved back to Florida where she established an artists/ teaching ceramic studio. She then lived in San Francisco for seven years before moving to Asheville, where she lived for the past 20 years, retiring from the City of Asheville Water Department. Barbara was active in many organizations and was passionate with her love of art and ceramics. She also had a special place in her heart for all the underserved, both two legged and four legged. She was an active volunteer for Femcare and for women's rights. She was a founding member and former President of the Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women. She is survived by her daughter, Robin Byrne, of Brooklyn; son, Bill Byrne and wife Shelagh, of Asheville, NC; and grandchildren, Derek & Ryan Joly of Connecticut, and Christopher & Sean Byrne of Asheville, NC. A Memorial Service for Barbara will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday at the Norma Pulliam Chapel at Givens Estates, Asheville, NC. A private Graveside Service will take place at Green Hills Cemetery, Asheville, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806 or to the National Organization for Women, Asheville Chapter, 40 Brownwood Ave., Asheville, NC 28806. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family. The online register is available at www.grocefuneral home.com.

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Sept. 29, 2012
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