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Mary Francis  Byrum

Memorial for Mary Francis Byrum

Born on Mar. 27, 1931
Departed on Apr. 4, 2012 and resided in Owensboro, KY.
Visitation: Friday, Apr. 6, 2012
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Visitation: Saturday, Apr. 7, 2012
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Service: Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012
11:00 am
Cemetery: Slaughters Cemetery
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Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home
519 Locust Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301
Phone: 270-684-9891 Email: haleymcginnis@att.net Fax: 270-684-9894
Mary Francis "Frasier" Byrum passed away in the early morning hours of April 4, 2012 at her home in Owensboro, KY. She was the daughter of the late Jessie and Kathryn Eastwood Frasier of Marion, KY.
Her husband Charles Hayden Byrum and son, Charles Larry Byrum preceded her in death in 2008.
Surviving her is a brother, Allen Frasier of Calvert City, KY. and a sister, Dortha Neveitt of Jeffersonville, IN. Also surviving is a daughter and beloved son in law, Kathie and Larry McDowell of Owensboro, a daughter in law Rita Byrum of Oakland City, IN., two grandson, Hayden McDowell(Joanna) of Maceo, KY. and Carl Rayburn Mann(April) of Haubstadt, IN. and a granddaughter, Sheree McDowell of White Post, Virginia; six great-grandchildren, Cody, Ava and Will Mann and Zachary, Jenna and Kenzie McDowell. Additional survivors are fifteen nieces and twelve nephews.
While residing in Crittenden County, Mary was appointed the first female Trial Commissioner in the State of Kentucky.
As a lifelong Democrat worker, she started the Democrat Womans Club of Crittenden County and served in various capacities in Crittenden County and Webster County clubs as well as the Kentucky State Democratic Women's Club. She was an active member never missing a State Convention and only one Board meeting until her declining health would not permit her to do so.
She served in many capacities including Treasurer and President of the State Club hosting her last Convention in Owensboro's Executive Inn. She also worked in many campaigns both local, state and nation wide, including Alice McDonald, Bill Sullivan, Martha Layne Collins for Governor, as well as Jimmy Carter and William Jefferson Clinton for President and many persons running forlocal, county and regional offices. She also was involved in the Wendell Ford Campaigns. She was invited to the White House by Jimmy and Roslyn Carter as one of the top 100 Democrat Women in the Nation.
She and her husband, Charles were born and raised in Webster County and after retiring they returned there to help care for her mother and her mother in law, Mildred Byrum. While living there they grew beautiful vegetables and fruits and Mary made many people happy with her delicious jellies, jams, pickles and relishes.
VISITATION will be at Haley-McGinnis & Owensboro Funeral Home from 3:00 to 8:00pm. Friday.
She was a member of Slaughters Christian Church in Slaughters, Kentucky and her funeral will be held there on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00am.
Visitation will be at Slaughters Christian Church from 10:00 to 11:00am. Saturday.
Burial will be in Slaughters Cemetery.
Family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Hospice of Western Kentucky or the Alzheimers Research Foundation.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.haleymcginnis.com.

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