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Mary Ann Byrd


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Mary Ann Byrd, age 67, of Roswell, passed away on Sept. 17, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas. She was born on Sept. 23, 1949 in Roswell.
A memorial gathering will be held at Grace Community Church, 935 W. Mescalero, Roswell, NM on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Doug and Pristina (Flores) Lathrop; sister in-law Cindy Lathrop; brother in-law John Byrd and nephew Jason Byrd.
Mary Ann and Jim Byrd were married on July 29, 1972 on a hot day in Roswell, NM at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. On that day the air conditioner decided to cease functioning at its full capacity. Both Mary Ann and Jim became active in the Church Youth Group during those younger years.
She is survived by her husband Jim; son Bryan and his wife Amber of Rio Rancho, NM; son Benjamin and his wife Lesley of Alto, NM.; grandchildren Cassidy, Bryce, Everett, and Brooklyn; Brother Bobby Lathrop of Ft. Worth, Texas; Brother Jimmy Lathrop of Aledo, Texas, and sister Liliian Nyhoff of Roswell. She has several special niece and nephews, plus a host of cousins.
Mary Ann attended Roswell schools and graduated form Goddard Sr. High in 1967 then obtained her associates degree at ENMU-R in 1969.
Her employment history began with the local BLM Office as a student receptionist/secretary in the late ‘60s; secretary for the Westinghouse Corp. in Mekeeport, PA; secretary for the Hinkle Law Firm in the ‘70s; and secretary/administrative ass’t., with the Roswell Public Schools at Sierra Middle School and Goddard Sr. High. While at Goddard High she obtained the title of “Ma Byrd” and to some was referred to as “Birdie.” She retired after 27 years service with the school district. Mary Ann was involved with a local women’s group, the 29ers, for a number of years. She enjoyed fancy dresses, collection dolls, ceramics, early morning swimming at N.M.M.I and creating all sorts of decorations.
During her younger years her time and energy were devoted to raising her two boys and somehow always ensuring that they had only the best clothing, soccer shoes, baseball cleats, and basketball shoes. In the boys’ youthful days no one touched their hair with a pair of clippers other than Daniel. Endless numbers of hours were spent chasing and supporting soccer, baseball, and basketball games and tournaments.
In her later years her greatest joy was her grandchildren to whom she was the constant source of fancy stuffed animals and endless numbers of children gizmos and toys.
Memorials may be given to the Assurance Home, Inc., 1000 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM, 88201; the New Mexico State Police Officers Assoc., NMSPA, P.O Box 36024, Albuquerque, NM, 87176. The New Mexico Conservation Offices Assoc., 180 Glory Lane, Glorieta, NM 87535.
A special thanks is extended to Rose and Pearl for their compassion, friendship, and support over the years to Mary Ann.

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