Mary Byron

Mary Carnino Byron, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on March 30, 2013. She was born February 18, 1918, in Black Diamond, Washington to Italian immigrant parents, Tersilla and Louis Carnino. On May 17, 1941, she married Robert Emmett Byron, Jr. In 1948, they moved to Hoquiam, where they raised their eight children.

Mary was a beautiful woman who was deeply devoted to her Catholic Faith and her family, which was her greatest love, joy and gift to all of us. She enjoyed volunteering at her church and the Food Bank, gardening, cooking, crossword puzzles, baseball, and especially family gatherings. For the past 30 years she was the bookkeeper for Byron Brothers, Inc.

Mary is survived by her children, Judy Byron, OP, Diane (Dan) Henry, Chris (Jim) Backlund, Bob (Debbie) Byron, Pat (Janet) Byron, Jacqueline Byron, and Kathleen Byron; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Krista (Jade) Thomas & Robert Insko, Jim (Nicole) Lucy & Emma Backlund, Linda (Chris) Brenna, Hunter & Nathan Miller, Elizabeth (Sam) Jack & Henry Weyher, Patrick Byron, Nick (Chandrea) Emmett & Ethan Byron, Jarrod Byron, and Rebecca (Steve) & Olivia Halseth. She is also survived by her brother, Barney Carnino; sister, Judith Vaughan; sister-in-law, Patricia Byron Selden, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bob; son, Michael Louis; brothers, Ang and John Carnino; and granddaughter, Danielle Henry.

The family would like to thank Juliette Erickson, MD for her compassionate care of our dear mother.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church, 200 L Street, Hoquiam. The Vigil Service will be at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, April 3rd. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall. Vault interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Good Help Catholic Church, Hoquiam Food Bank or to the Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor.

Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.

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