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Susan Byrd

Susan Byrd

AMELIA ISLAND – Mrs. Susan Lindberg Byrd, 85, of 76 Osprey Village Road, passed away peacefully of natural causes at her residence at The Retreat on the morning of January 8, 2017.

Susan was born December 24, 1931, in Winnetka, IL, to the late Leroy and Sally Lindberg. For 45 years, she was married to Ronald Edward Byrd, who passed away on January 20, 2002. Susan grew up in Winnetka and attended New Trier High School. Later she attended Pine Manor College in Boston and Northwestern University, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is survived by her devoted, loving older sister, Nancy Bodeen, and her four loving children: sons Jonathan and his fiancée, Alyson Kennedy; Stephen; Stewart (“Chip”) and his wife, Patricia; and daughter, Jennifer.

After marrying in 1957, Sue and Ron moved to Nebraska for a few years and then to Boxborough, MA. They lived there for more than 25 years, raising their family on a small farm with cows, chickens, horses, goats, dogs, cats and ducks. In 1988 she and Ron moved to the Amelia Island Plantation, building their new home on Marsh Point Road.

Susan loved many things, but especially the outdoors and nature. She was as comfortable in the woods as she was in the city enjoying a night out. She instilled the love of nature in her children. She and her family enjoyed many Augusts at the Ausable Club in Keene Valley, NY, where she spent time hiking, mountain climbing, playing plenty of golf with her favorite pink ball and sleeping out under the stars on occasion. For a few years, she and her daughter, Jennifer, even brought their horses to Keene Valley. Susan, along with friends and family, often would visit the local dump at night to watch the black bears, as was the local custom. One night, as the story goes, Susan and a close friend, Virginia Freccia, were chased from the dump by one of those bears. Perhaps the bears were grumpy about their meal being disturbed. Knowing Susan, there must have been truth to the story.

Susan’s and Ron’s love of nature prompted them to help launch The Wild Center, a natural history museum based in Tupper Lake, NY, dedicated to understanding the natural landscape and wildlife of the Adirondacks. After Ron’s death, Susan also donated a room in the Byrd family name to the Baptist Medical Center Nassau, supported Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nassau County.

While on Amelia Island, Susan enjoyed golf, being with her good friends and being outdoors. She relished her time with friends playing bridge and Mahjong. She traveled extensively with them and made many summer jaunts to North Carolina with her “ladies posse.”  Never one to sit still, she swam with dolphins, skydived with Steve and Chip at the age of 68 and enjoyed skinny-dipping on many occasions!  But indeed, in later years, her favorite things to do were to visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, the Jacksonville Zoo, the Nassau Humane Society Dog Park and to enjoy the rich culture and Native American jewelry in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while visiting Chip and Trish.

Susan was an adventurer, a free spirit, a loving and gentle soul, a mother, wife, sister, friend, mother-in-law and aunt. She always was ready with a laugh, a smile and a thank you – along with a fresh coat of Revlon “Persian Melon” lipstick and hot pink fingernails. She will be missed.

The family expresses its deep gratitude to Susan’s devoted, loving and loved caregivers, Alice Durbano and Lynne Murray. For nearly ten years, they were by her side, caring for her and loving her as they would their own mothers. Our heartfelt thanks to Alice and Lynne.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Amelia Plantation Chapel with the Reverend Ted Schroder, officiating.

A reception and time to visit and reminisce with her family will follow the service, on Saturday, at the Ocean Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Susan Byrd’s name to:

  • Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257
  • Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center, P.O. Box 16287, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035
  • Nassau Humane Society and Dog Park, 639 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County, 942259 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach, FL, 32034.

Please share her Life Story and leave your memories and condolences at www.oxleyheard.com

OXLEY – HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS, Amelia Island, Florida

 

12 Condolences

  • Bruce and Kristie Posted January 9, 2017 11:39 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Byrd family. The Hogan’s

  • Robert and Janet Ross Posted January 11, 2017 1:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Byrd family . She was a great lady and will be truly missed.

  • Chaplain Jim Tippins, BMCN Posted January 11, 2017 11:31 am

    Mrs. Byrd was always a gracious and warm person. Her strength and joy in life was evident.
    Her Life Story is a beautiful tribute to the heart of this wonderful person. Prayers surround you in your grief.

  • Emily North Posted January 11, 2017 12:22 pm

    This is a wonderful tribute to your Mom, Jennifer. I did not know that she was a nature enthusiast. I have enjoyed seeing photos of you and your Mom together and know that you will miss her very much.

  • Sherri and Maxine Keath Posted January 11, 2017 12:28 pm

    Sending prayers to the Byrd family and will continue to keep you in our thoughts.

  • Lynne Murray Posted January 11, 2017 1:47 pm

    She meant so much to me. I will miss hearing her say “I’m so glad you are here” and “Lots of Love”. She blessed me greatly and she will always hold a very special place in my heart. She was a truly remarkable women, who taught me so much.

  • Trish Dooley Posted January 11, 2017 9:10 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Sue’s passing and shall never forget my first meeting with her when she told me she would never forget my name since it’s the same as her daughter-in-law’s. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep the entire Byrd family and her caregivers in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Gary, Pat, Isla and Tootles Janco Posted January 12, 2017 8:18 am

    We visited Mrs. Byrd with our therapy dogs, Isla and Tootles. She was a favorite of ours and we will all miss her very much. Our sympathies to all of her family and friends for the loss of an amazing woman. She was well loved.

  • Babs Steinmann Crosby Posted January 14, 2017 1:56 pm

    I wish we lived nearer each other these past fer years. We always enjoyed each
    other’s company partying, walking the beach, and kayaking. I sure will miss my
    Dear Friend Sue.

  • Dickie Anderson Posted January 15, 2017 9:59 am

    Our thoughts with the Byrd family. Truly a life well lived!

  • Sharon & Kevin Steele Posted January 20, 2017 10:58 am

    We were sorry to hear of your lovely Mother, Susan’s passing. We send our love and pray that as friends and family gather to pay tribute to her, it will be healing to saddened hearts. What a beautiful tribute you have for her. I share her love of nature and the amazing outdoors. I am glad that we had the pleasure of sharing a meal with her. God bless all of you! Hugs and Encouragement to all!

  • Dina Hall Posted January 23, 2017 11:24 pm

    I give my condolence to Sue Byrd sons and family. I was sad to hear of her passing. She was a sweet and caring lady. I am glad I took care of her when I worked at the retreat. She will be missed dearly. Hugs and loves,

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