Carol Ann BYERS
BYERS, Carol Ann
Born on June 29, 1938, in Illinois to Ralph Joseph and Elizabeth Keisling Byers, died on April 2, 2010, in Elk Grove, Calif., at the age of 71. Survived by sister Becky Geiswite and daughters Elizabeth Byers and Julia Gonzales. She graduated from University of Missouri, with a M.S. from Iowa State College in Electrical Engineering. She was employed as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Air Force, working on Project Scope Creek from 1976 to 1981. She then worked until retirement at NASA - Ames Research Center in Mountain View as a Senior Project Manager in information technology research. After retirement in 2001 she moved to the Sacramento area where she was active at Crocker Art Museum and Viewpoint Gallery and several genealogical organizations, teaching and consulting. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento at 2425 Sierra Blvd. Donations in her name may be made to the Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825, or a charity of your choice.
Published by The Sacramento Bee from May 2 to May 4, 2010.
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She was our neighbor in Gilroy for about 5 years, used to visit and we had some interests.
Sandra McCoy
January 7, 2021
I knew Carol as a fellow light chaser and photographer. We share many a good laugh and her buoyant spirit always was easy to be around. I will miss her. Barbara Moon-Batista
Barbara Moon-Batista
December 16, 2010
I met Carol in 1988. We went on some photography trips together. I retired before Carol. We would meet after her workday to have dinner together till the traffic would lighten up after 6:00 PM on 101 to Gilroy.
We joined Al Weber's Photo workshop #3, Rendezvous at Songdog Ranch near Bakersfield in the middle of no where. Carol showed her photographic work to the group of 30 other photographers. It was a fun weekend with Carol's sense of hummer. Carol and I had planed to return to Lone Pine, CA and the Alabama Hills for the Western days on October 12,but this didn't happen. I will miss her and the good times we had together.
Suzie Keels
October 5, 2010
Carol was a kind and generous person. We shared a like interest in photography. I bought my 4x5 camera from her. She will be missed at the annual, Rendezvous.
Virginia Courtney
September 6, 2010
It is with great saddness that I learned of Carol's death. She and I were genealogy buddies looking into the Sailhamer/Seilhamer line. I will miss her and the lunches we shared together.
Don Seilhymer
May 16, 2010
Carol Byers was a joy. Good sense, good eye, good heart, good friend. I worked with the Art Exhibits Committee to show her photographs at the Unitarian Universalist Society. Her photos were stunning and we got to see another view of her many faceted talents. I'm gong to add a photograph of her taken then: 6/23/08. Anna Andrews Sacramento, CA
Anna Andrews
May 13, 2010
I knew Carol as a classmate, we shared a similar ambition; to become guides at the lovely Crocker Art Museum.
It was a little over three years ago that Carol decided to make a break with some parts of her managerial and scientific bents and take the plunge to become a Crocker docent. But fitting into a new aesthetic world was not difficult for her. Appearance, for Carol was something she had studied. Many knew that Carol was a photographer with a vigorous appreciation of nature and manmade objects. It was obvious in her photographs that she had a gift for selecting the enduring aspect of each object she carefully photographed. Her photographs ranged the gamut from landscapes to nature to arcane objects of human invention. Her capacity to capture the essence of these forms in her photographs was distinctive and notable. There were exhibits, there were plaudits. One hopes she knew she was appreciated.
Ultimately, Carol will be remembered at the Crocker as being a person with a rare mixture of personality: she had come to the Crocker Art Museum by way of the sciences, yet her enthusiasm for art was boundless. When her keen, analytic eye fell on a painting, her desire was to bring both the precise and the aesthetic into her docent talks. Since joining the Crocker, Carol expanded not only her own world, but through her tours, expanded the appreciation of the people who went with her on her tours. A bright and intelligent light has been extinguished; she will be missed.
ivy hendy
May 12, 2010
Carol Byers was descended from Henry Mershon (1672-1738), a French Huguenot refugee who came to America in 1685. We are sorry to learn of Carol's death through a recent Mershon Association News Bulletin that was returned to us from Carol's previous address in Elk Grove.

If Carol's daughters or her sister want to know more about their Mershon family heritage, please contact me.
Earl Clare Mershon
May 3, 2010
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