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Lucy Bates Byers

July 16, 1935February 5, 2019

Lucy Bates Byers, 83, of Lansing, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. She was born in East Lansing, Michigan on July 16, 1935, to Jane and Hubert Bates. She grew up in East Lansing and attended college at Northwestern, where she majored in Classical Piano, and Michigan State University, where she earned her Master's Degree in Education. Lucy dedicated her life to teaching, working for the Lansing School District for many years, teaching elementary school, working with Head Start, and many other educational programs, before finishing her career at Michigan State in Student Teacher Training and Placement Program.

Lucy married Dr. Joe Byers in December of 1985. He was a professor at Michigan State in the Departments of Counseling, Education, Psychology, and Special Education. After retirement, Joe and Lucy established a first of its kind endowed gift in technology and curriculum at the College of Education. Awarded to a faculty member, the endowment provides support to the advancement of research related to technical applications and integration with curriculum, spanning from primary to higher education.

Lucy is survived by her son, Christopher Knappen and his daughters, Kiersten and Alyssa Knappen of Orlando, Florida, and step-daughter, Bryonie Byers, her husband, Kevin Avery, and their son, Hudson Avery, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joe L. Byers and Lucy Bates-Byers Endowment for Technology and Curriculum at the Michigan State University College of Education, 620 Farm Lane, Room 513, East Lansing, MI 48824. No funeral services are planned. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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Sandra Buike

February 10, 2019

My favorite picture. Lucy and Mary Jane in Paris for MJ's 40th birthday.

Sandra Buike

February 10, 2019

Dear Chris, my friendship with Lucy, (your beloved Mom), spanned 40 years. It's hard to choose just one memory to share. From Mary Jane playing on the slip and slide in the backyard, while you and your band practiced in the basement, trips to Burt Lake, holidays, birthdays, Lucy's marriage to Joe, the Lansing Country Club, MSU graduate school days and beyond, shopping, taking trips together, MJ's tragic death; the list goes on. From that,....all I know is, I'm a better person for having had Lucy, a bright , elegant, fun loving person, in my life. We made a family of sorts, Lucy, Joe, you and your girls, MJ, Bryonnie, Kevin, their son, me and my sons--- a real treasure in my life. My deepest sympathy, love and prayers to you and yours. Sandy

George and Marilyn Nugent

February 9, 2019

Lucy was a life long friend from our times together in East Lansing. Lucy was a bridesmaid in our wedding and George worked at AB&T after being hired by Lucy's father. The family lived down the street from George's parents in East Lansing. Our memories stretch from our times together at East Lansing High School and M. S. U.
Our deepest sympathy to Chris Knappen, his family and the Byers family.

Sam Abood

February 9, 2019

Chris, I am sorry for your loss of your mom. I am also sorry to hear of your loss of your sister Mary Jane last year. I have fond memories of you and your family spending a lot of time at your house growing up. We spent a lot of time together listening to music and carrying on. Your house was always a place we hung out at often, and your mom was always good to us. I hope this note finds you and your daughters in good health and spirits, knowing your mom is with the grace of god, for sure. All my love, Sam

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY