Gloria A Byrd
July 31, 1929 – May 31, 2019
Gloria Annette McNeill Byrd, of El Dorado, died on Friday, May 31, 2019. Gloria was born on July 31, 1929, to the late Annette Cyrier and Troy McNeill, in Little Rock, and the McNeills moved to Fort Smith while Gloria was an infant. A member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, she met her beloved husband, Thomas Morgan (T. M.) Byrd, at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and they moved to El Dorado following their marriage in 1949.
She was a long time member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and sang in the choir for more than 20 years. She and T. M. also provided dinners for the Sunday Night Youth Group.
Gloria was a successful realtor, and was consistently a top producer with Moore Realty, where she was one of the first Million Dollar sellers in the El Dorado market.
Her service to her community included her work as President of the El Dorado Service League, and she loved volunteering at the SAAC Lunch, a fundraising project for the South Arkansas Arts Center. After her retirement, she remained fit working with the early morning swimming group at the Health Works facility in El Dorado.
Her children would like to acknowledge the loving help Gloria received during her short battle with cancer from her caregiver, Rose Azo, and from her hospice home health care nurse, Ginger Mills. The visits and phone calls from her many loving friends were so important to her, and brightened the balance of her life. She will be missed by all those whose paths crossed with hers.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her children, Tommy Byrd of Austin, Texas; Marilyn Brown (Greg) of Park City, Utah; and Martha Dudley (Chuck) of Hot Springs; her grandchildren, Hayley Marshall (Jonathan), Robert Dudley (Adrian), and Thomas Dudley (Alanna); two great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and her nephew, Father Gregory Pilcher.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 512 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado, AR 71730; or John R. Williamson Hospice House, 2301 Champagnolle Rd, El Dorado, AR 71730.
An online registry can be found at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.
- Memorial Service Monday, June 17, 2019
- Reception Following the Service Monday, June 17, 2019
Gloria A Byrd
June 17, 2019
Tommy, Marilyn, and Martha, I am so sorry to hear of your loss and so sorry that I was unable to be with you all today. Gloria was a dear dear friend of mine since we were Tri Delta pledges and roommates years ago. Since I moved to Magnolia, we had not been as close, but I did talk to her recently and was planning to go see her soon. Please accept my love and deepest sympathy to you all and your families.
Lisa Lyons Thomas
June 16, 2019
Tommy, Marilyn, Martha - My prayers are with you during this time. Mrs. Gloria Byrd was an awesome lady! I'll never forget all of the garage sales with her and my mother. Now that they are reunited together again, they are probably having another one. Those two were a pair, always laughing. Know that my heart is with you all. Love, Lisa Lyons Thomas.
Julie Kinard Thompson
June 15, 2019
Gloria was one of the very first Realtors that I had the honor of working beside at Moore Realty. She and her husband T.M were the most gracious and honorable couple that I have known. I will miss her dearly. We were a team at Moore Realty under our broker Jim Moore, and those days were very special. My sympathies to all the family.
Donna Murphy Stokes
June 8, 2019
Sending my prayers to Marilyn and her family. You Mother was always very sweet and kind, I know she will be missed.
June 1, 2019
Sorry to hear of Gloria’s passing. I got to know Gloria while working with her at Moore Realty & we became friends from that point on. What a wonderful & charming lady.
Our thoughts & prayers are with her family in their sorrow...!!
David & Cindy Alphin