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Frances Paul Byrne Obituary
Frances Paul Byrne of Patriot's Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on December 7th, 2013 comforted by three generations of her loving family. She was born in Peoria, Illinois and was the only child of Frank Martyn and Belle Adele Paul. As the daughter of one of the first pilots in the US Army Air Corps, she spent her youth in many locations including military installations in Texas, Hawaii, Alabama, and Virginia. She was a 1937 graduate of Hampton High School in Hampton, Virginia. She went on to graduate from the College of William & Mary in 1941 with a degree in Library Science.
During World War II she worked in the research department of Sperry Gyroscope, which was developing navigation systems for the war effort. Upon the conclusion of the war, she served in the Special Services division of the Rainbow (42nd Infantry) Division, US Army, establishing libraries in Western Europe for military personnel. It was in Germany that she met her husband of over 60 years, Robert Guy Byrne, who was serving in the US Constabulary Forces. They were married in April, 1947 in Augsburg, Germany. Their many happy assignments together included stateside locations as well as Alaska and Japan. Upon retirement, they made their home for over 20 years in Point Harbor, NC before moving to Williamsburg, becoming among the first Patriot's Colony residents.
Mrs. Byrne is survived by two sons and their wives, Charlie and Nancy Byrne of Point Harbor, North Carolina and Bob and Sally Byrne of Fulton, Maryland. Also surviving are grandchildren Jennifer Schulz, Carey Byrne, Troster Byrne, Adele Byrne, and Marianna Byrne and two great grandchildren, Stella and Nicolas Schulz.
There will be a memorial service at 2pm Monday December 16th in the Berkeley Community Room at Patriots Colony Williamsburg. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the Salvation Army or .
Published in Virginia Gazette from Dec. 11, 2013 to Jan. 10, 2014
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