Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX


Mary June Byford

December 11, 1935January 12, 2020

Mary June Byford passed away on January 12 at her home in Baytown. She was born on December 11, 1935, in Schwab City, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marsh and Oma Kimes of Schwab City, and her brother, Wayne Kimes, also of Schwab City.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, Dr. David L. Byford of Baytown; her son and daughter-in-law, David Byford and Suzanne Sellers of Houston; and her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kay Byford of Baytown. Her grandchildren include Blake Byford and his wife, Bailey, of Mont Belvieu; Henry Byford of Silverton, Colorado; and Lauren Byford of Baytown. Mary June is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara Taylor and Judge Don Taylor of Liberty; her niece, Marsha LaFour of Liberty, and nephew, Don Taylor, Jr., and his wife, Lori, of Liberty, as well as their children and grandchildren. Mary June also leaves behind longtime friends and neighbors Wayne and Sandy Arnett of Baytown and Kinney and Debbie Fitzgerald of Beach City.

Growing up among family members and friends in Schwab City, Mary June was grounded in a strong Christian faith at an early age. She worshipped at University Baptist Church in Clear Lake. She had a special place in her heart for the staff and congregation at University Baptist for their prayers and support during her illness, as well as their commitment to community service.

Mary June was extremely proud of a teaching career that spanned almost 40 years. She began her career as an English teacher and librarian at Anahuac Junior High in 1957. She also taught English at Liberty Junior High from 1964 to 1966. She taught third- and fourth-grade English and reading in Highlands from 1967 to 1976. She began teaching at Barbers Hill Elementary in 1977, retiring in 1994. In addition to touching the lives of thousands of students, she cherished the friendships with numerous fellow teachers.

Mary June graduated from Livingston High School in 1954. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1957. She later received a master of science degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Following her retirement from teaching, Mary June enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Her special places included the Holy Land, Europe and the Mediterranean, and Africa. For many years she and her husband traveled to Colorado in early fall to see the turning of the aspen leaves.

Following Mary June’s passing, a private graveside service was held at Holly Grove Cemetery near Livingston. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, Texas 77521. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Mary June’s honor.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 23, 2020


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Julie Harrison

January 26, 2020

My heart is with yall..she always had and smile on her and kind words ...we always ran into each other at the hair salon..maw maw loved her sooo much and our whole family...

Shari and Eddie Capps

January 23, 2020

We knew Mary Jane through her husband and son and daughter in law.
Shari worked at Lee College with David Byford for years.
Their son married a good friend of our daughter’s Kay Byford.
There was know doubt that the Byford family were good people.
God bless them today and always!
Eddie and Shari Capps

Michael Milligan

January 23, 2020

Mark, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You and your family will be in our prayers.

Jerry Sparks

January 22, 2020

Miss Kimes, as I first knew her as my elementary teacher in Anahuac, was always one of my favorite teachers!! She was beautiful, intelligent, cheerful, energetic, and truly caring about my education! Mary June, as I was later allowed to address her, remained just as I knew her so long ago! Mr. Byford is a good man & I know he feels blessed to have shared such a long good life with Mrs. Byford. I now must always regret that I did not spend some time with them as adults. It would have been exciting to hear her recollection of those formidable years that she so admirably served to educate & cultivate the lives of all her students. I will miss you Miss Kimes!!!

Cody Allen

January 21, 2020

David, you know Mary June was truly one of a kind. I always enjoyed our conversations and visits. She will be missed!

-Cody Allen

Alida Thompson

January 21, 2020

So saddened to hear of her passing. Enjoyed working with her during my time at BH. David, you are a special man. I know her memories will put a smile on your face my friend. Peace and strength to you.

Susan Rose

January 21, 2020

Papa, you and Meme have always been so loving and warm to me. I’m so grateful to have had you both in my life and also in Henry’s. You are loved immeasurably and Meme will be deeply missed.

All my love,

Cindy Puckett Snook

January 18, 2020

Dear David,
I know you and the boys, grandchildren, Barbara and all the family are heartbroken. Please know we share your heartbreak, we're praying for you and we love you all. Mary June is the sweetest, kindest, most precious angel I have ever known. You two are so perfect together, so thankful you had 60 wonderful years--a blessed legacy for your family.
We love you deeply, hugs and prayers continue,

Nelda Fayle

January 17, 2020

Dear David and Families,
We share in the sadness of the loss of your precious wife.
May all the wonderful memories you've made in 60 years comfort you now, and for years to come.
Our prayers and love,
Bobby and Nelda (Byford) Fayle

Mary (Pryor) Carter

January 13, 2020

Dear David and Family,
On behalf of my family I am sending prayers for peace and comfort for all on the loss of Mary June.

Mary Pryor Carter
Daughter of Geraldine Byford Pryor and Lloyd Pryor