Doris Byrd

Published 8:29 am Monday, June 29, 2015

Doris Rundell Byrd, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, died peacefully Thursday, June 25, 2015, surrounded by her family at St. Joseph’s Carpenter House in Baton Rouge. She was 80 years old.

A native of Bogalusa, she was a resident of Denham Springs. She was a dedicated nurse for more than 40 years retiring in 2013. She worked faithfully for the Washington St. Tammany Charity Hospital for Dr. Waldrup and Dr. Singleton and also for Dr. Gerald Berenson with the Bogalusa Heart Study Program for 28 years. A truly Christian woman, Mrs. Byrd was a very active member of the Annunciation Catholic Church and a member of the first-ever graduating class of eight graders of the Annunciation Catholic School. After moving to Denham Springs in 2014, she was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Mrs. Byrd lived her life loving and taking care of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Tilman “T.A” Byrd of Denham Springs; brother, Wayne (Judy) Rundell of Central; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mike (Kaye) Byrd of Pine, Keith “Skeeter” (Rhonda) Byrd of Denham Springs and Lance (Cecillia) Byrd of Walker; a daughter-in-law, Loretta Byrd of Bogalusa; eight grandchildren, Toby, Niki, John Michael, Erin, Ryan (Lauren), Lindsey, Elizabeth and Patrick Byrd; and four great-grandchildren, Shyanne, Summer, and Tyler Byrd and Talyn Love. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Byrd was preceded in death by her parents, John M. and Lucille Rundell; a sister, Carol Myers; a brother, Lt. Col. John Rundell; a son, Alan “Coach” Byrd; and a granddaughter, Shannon Byrd Love.

Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home, Monday, June 29, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The funeral services will be held at 4 p.m.

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