Byers, Goldie E.
Goldie E. Byers, 99, formerly of Cedar Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Hot Springs, Ark. Memorial Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids. Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg.
Goldie was born June 3, 1913, in Center Point, Iowa, the daughter of John and Viola (Clark) O’Brien. She graduated in 1932 from high school in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduation, she obtained a beauty license and worked for The Lovely Lady in Cedar Rapids. On May 3, 1941, Goldie married Kenneth Byers in Cedar Rapids. She quit her job as a beautician to raise three stepchildren. After her husband died in 1967, Goldie went to work for Armstrong’s in the office until her retirement.
Goldie enjoyed, among other things, sewing dancing costumes for her daughter and stepdaughter, being a Camp Fire leader for both girls, including spending the night with a bunch of girls at Camp Hitaga and Palisades- Kepler State Park, entertaining at the county home through her church, making crafts of all kinds, including making all the flowers for her daughter’s first wedding, and reading whenever possible. Goldie was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and was in several plays they put on.
Goldie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; infant son, Richard Byers; stepson, Edwin Byers; granddaughter, Lori Carpenter; brother, Elwin O’Brien; and sisters, Mae Bowersox, Eva Stewart and Loella O’Brien.
Goldie is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Stephen) Hoffman of Bismarck, Ark.; two stepchildren, Lois Herdliska of Cedar Rapids and Wayne Byers of California; two grandchildren, Lisa (Tom) Kirkwold of Springdale, Ark., and Stephen Hoffman Jr. of Bismarck, Ark.; and three great-grandchildren, Trevor and Evan Kirkwold of Springdale, Ark., and Brayden Hoffman of Bismarck, Ark. Goldie also has several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who were very dear to her.
Goldie amazed everyone she knew about how active and alert she was. She will be greatly missed.
Please sign the online guest book for Goldie at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published Dec. 6, 2012 in The Gazette