Wilma Maxine Byrd
February 05, 1937 - June 21, 2018
Wilma Maxine Barks Byrd, 81, of Doniphan, Mo., lost her fight with Cancer, on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Wilma was born in Doniphan, on Friday, February 5, 1937, to Fred E. and Joyce Mae Sharp Barks. Wilma and her sister, Reda Barks Henson lost their mother at a very young age and were raised by their loving paternal grandparents, Wiley and Louisianna Barks. Wilma married Lonnie R. Byrd, on May 26, 1954, in Pocahontas, Ark. This union produced five children; daughters, W. Denise (Scott) Teuscher, Vicky R. (Glenn) Wilkerson; and sons, David E. Byrd, Stephen E. (Tammy) Byrd and Lonnie R. (Sara) Byrd; 16 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Together Wilma and Lonnie raised their children in the Illinois Quad cities area. While there, Wilma very much enjoyed working with her crafts and serving as the director of the Senior Citizens’ Center in Geneseo, Ill., but most of all, she enjoyed the time shared with her kids and good friends. Upon retirement, Wilma and Lonnie moved close to their childhood homes in Poyner, Mo. They enjoyed time spent on their land, as well as, traveling to the special places throughout their lives. Wilma was a special, loving person. Along with her calico cat, she always tried to care for any stray animal that was occasionally left on her doorstep. Wilma and Lonnie were both avid St. Louis Cardinals fans and enjoyed watching the games together. Wilma had a way of always making others feel special and considered their needs before her own. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, Fred E. and Joyce Mae Barks; grandparents, Wiley and Louisianna Barks; sisters, Reda Barks Henson and Rebecca Rosenthall. Wilma is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lonnie R. Byrd; brother, Fred (Pam) Barks; sister, Eileen (Louis) Wiley; daughters, W. Denise (Scott) Teuscher, Vicky R. (Glenn) Wilkerson; and sons, David E. Byrd, Stephen E. (Tammy) Byrd and Lonnie R. (Sara) Byrd; 16 grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Wilma loved and nurtured her family. She spent her life teaching them, through her example, to love and respect one another, and those around them. Wilma lived her life in the manner in which God intended. She will be dearly missed. Wilma’s funeral was held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Maynard Church of Christ; with Don McGuirt officiating. Burial followed in the Maynard Cemetery.