Patricia Ann Byrom

Harrisonburg, Virginia



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Patricia Ann Byrom

Patricia Ann Byrom, 77, of Crozet, Virginia, died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Avante Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Mrs. Byrom was born August 11, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of the late Thomas Randall and Myrtle Kathryn Bunton.

She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State College and received a masters in Education from the University of Virginia and was a member of Crozet Baptist Church.

Mrs. Byrom, United States Air Force wife of 20 years, was dedicated to serving and supporting families through the various wives and officers groups at the bases they were stationed.

Patricia was a Title 1, Special Education elementary school teacher serving Albemarle County schools at their Education offices, at Stone Robinson Elementary and ultimately retiring from Crozet Elementary School after 22 years. Pat previously taught in California, Nebraska, Northern Virginia and Indiana where they were stationed. With devotion and integrity she taught. She also loved her opportunities of travel within the United States, and also Europe, Korea and Guatemala.

On January 7, 1956, she married Robert Milton Byrom who survives. Also surviving are their four sons, Robert Randall Byrom and his wife, Tamara, of South Lyon, Michigan, James Kevin Byrom and his wife, Xiao Yin, of Manassas, Virginia, Douglas Edward Byrom and his wife, Lisa, of Henderson, North Carolina, and Christopher Lee Byrom and his wife, Michelle, of O'Fallon, Illinois; their two daughters, Laura Lee Neva of Absarokee, Montana, and Susan Marie Loose of New Ulm, Minnesota; and their 17 grandchildren, Jessica, Joe, Jenni, Allen, Aimee, Matthew, Christopher, Bobby, Becca, Adam, Jeff, Kevin, Ethan, Jonathan, Samuel, Anika and Paul.

A memorial service will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, August 5, 2010, at the Ft. Meyer Memorial Base Chapel, Ft. Meyer, Virginia, with the Reverend William B. Young, Retired USAF Chaplain officiating. Interment will follow at the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family through Susan Loose, 3 Clay Circle, New Ulm, MN 56073, to be used as an educational memorial, funding materials for the Title program at Crozet Elementary School or to the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park. In honor of Patricia, 600 acres of their Cottonwood family farm was gifted to Albemarle County in December 2005 as a Forest Preserve Park in which facilities are currently under construction. The park is scheduled to open this fall. Your memorials may also be made to a charitable organization of your choice.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.

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To my US mom,

I will never forget you! Thank you for being part of one of the best years in my life!

You are missed this Christmas... but it is your First one in the presence of the one we celebrate Christmas for! THAT brings a smile to my face. (always get a smile to my face when I remember you! ) Some tears - as I had been looking forward to many more years. But there were many bessings in the ones we had. Love you mom.

I love you, Grandma!

Mom was a wonderful lady and a true joy to be around. She became my mother-in-law 25 years ago, but more importantly, my mother in every sense soon after. I think about her every day because she gave me love and joy. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life and she will always have a place in my heart.

Open letter to Mom,

Dear Mom, this letter finds us all in a better place.

You surely know the true meaning of “slipping the surly bonds of earth”.

These days find us in reflection – simply remembering and honouring your impact on our lives. Your impact is still here everyday, and has been since well before that February morning.

I see you each time I see Jeffrey, who is now a Sophmore at UNC Chapel Hill You would have understood his single...

To be a wife is to touch a heart forever, To be a mother is to touch a heart forever, To be a teacher is to touch a heart forever, To be a friend is to touch a heart forever...

Mom, you touched many lives! Love you!

My prayers be with you in your time of need. God Bless you and be with you. Pat was a wonderful person. She will be greatly missed.