Mary Byrne
1926 - 2021
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Mary Alice Byrne
04/30/1926 – 02/21/2021
Mary Alice Byrne, resident of Portola Valley for over 50 years, passed away peacefully at the age of 94, after a long life filled with family, friends, love and laughter. Mary Alice is survived by her children, John Martin Byrne (Donna), William Mark Byrne (Terri) and Bernadette Byrne; nieces Patricia Byrne and Kathy Byrne, Regina Porter, nephew Courtney Porter Jr.; adored grandchildren Shannon, Brandon, Nicholas, and Katie Byrne, as well as numerous godchildren. Mary Alice is preceded in death by her adoring husband of 60 years, John (Jack) Hayden Byrne, and her Porter family siblings (Martin, Jim, Courtney and Genevieve).

A native San Franciscan, daughter to Martin and Mary Porter, Mary Alice graduated from Star of the Sea High School, and got her Master's Degree at San Francisco State University. Mary Alice made life-long friends through her honor's sorority (the "Girls"), who enjoyed monthly lunches, and an annual holiday celebration at The Palace Hotel. Mary Alice was proud of her career as an educator and went on to become not only Principal, but Teacher's Representative of San Francisco.

Mary Alice relished her role as mother and wife and was known to all as a warm and generous lady with a great sense of humor. Friends and family cherished her regular phone calls to say "Hi!" and to give a cheer. She charmed everyone she met with her boundless energy and sense of joy, and she will be dearly missed by all.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 6, 2021
How lucky we’re we to have Mary Alice along with her entire family as our neighbors. I will always remember the conversations from the Byrnes deck down the hill to our house. Coming outside to say Hi! “Doc” (my dad). Mary Alice was always inviting when we just came over unannounced, come in, let me get you something she would say.
She loved her family and lived a wonderful life.
I know you will miss her terribly but how great to have so many wonderful memories of your mom
Sue Burrill-Brodbeck
February 28, 2021
I loved Mary Alice, she was always funny and full of life, I loved seeing her ever Friday to do her hair, she was a lady, she never forgot my birthday, she never forgot to ask about my son and husband. I miss her
Barbara tallon
February 28, 2021
Mary Alice was always loving, interested, interesting, funny and engaged when we met. I feel lucky to have known her and especially blessed to be friends with her daughter.
Joel Clark
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