Andra Elizabeth Byrd
June 7, 1962 – September 30, 2020
Andra Elizabeth Byrd, 58, of Las Vegas, passed away on September 30, 2020 after fighting a brave battle against pancreatic cancer. She was born on June 7, 1962 to Cornell and Emmaline Byrd in Los Angeles, California and had been raised in Newark, Delaware with her younger sister April. She would make many trips out to Los Angeles to see friends and family, and to spend time with her siblings Ronnie and Gwen. Andra was a loving and devoted mother, and a wonderful friend to many people. She is survived by her daughter, Sierra; her sisters, Gwen (Tommy) and April; her treasured aunts, Hester Smith, Patricia Gause, and Katie McCullin; and a host of loving family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Palm Southwest Mortuary, 7979 W. Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89113. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, guests who may not be able to attend may contact Palm Southwest Mortuary for livestream information.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Andra Elizabeth Byrd
October 24, 2020
Sierra and April,
My wife Michelle and I send our condolences. May the Lord grant you both peace and comfort during this challenging time. I love you both.
May you rest in heavenly peace.
Johnny and Michelle Saunders
October 24, 2020
I remember the gospel choir practices at UD and traveling for concerts and celebrations. We saaang! We laughed and just enjoyed being around other believers. And traveling together to Ohio to visit friends in Mom’s Datsun ( cause it was Datsun then not Nissan). We talked about everything during the trip and sang to the radio. I remember you calling my name and us laughing. We laughed so much when we were together. I can still hear your voice. Love you my dear friend.
October 19, 2020
My prayers and thoughts go out to Andra's beautiful family!
I wanted to share a fond memory of when Andra would attend our annual outing at the Playboy Jazz Festival. She would travel from Las Vegas each year to attend. I would make sure that she had a special batch of my White Sangria to sip on. By that evening, she would be feeling quite mellow after sipping a few cocktails.
Salud my friend!
October 17, 2020
Dear Cousin, I will always remember how much we laughed together. There was no rhyme or reason to the comedy...it just was. And that beautiful smile... You shared it with all who took the time to see... You are forever in my heart.
October 7, 2020
I love you the mostest! AB, you will forever be my bestie, and #1 best friend! I will miss our talks, your smile, and your beautiful loving spirit. Rest in our Lord and Saviors loving arms.
October 7, 2020
Sierra, I am so sorry to hear this news of your mom. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Andra Elizabeth Byrd was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Andra will be remembered as a very exceptional person.
Andra was born on June 7, 1962 at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles, California to Cornell and Emmaline Byrd. She was raised in Newark, Delaware with her younger sister April. She enjoyed many trips to Los Angeles to spend time with cherished family members and friends. It gave her many happy memories, and more time with her siblings Ronnie and Gwen. As a child, she was very active and took part in baseball, track, and playing dodgeball, and she was also a member of the Pioneer Girls. Andra also loved listening to music, watching soap operas, riding bikes with her friends and sister, and talking on the phone. She even became a junior model for Strawbridge Clothier.
Throughout high school, Andra was popular and well-liked, and she balanced this well with her studies. Her favorite class was always English. Her extracurricular activities all kept her active, as she took part in track, cheerleading, and being the team manager for the Men’s Basketball Team. Andra graduated from Newark High School in 1980. During her time there, she notably was part of Junior Achievement and the Homecoming Court. As she went on to college, Andra discovered a love of business. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix in 2002.
If there was one thing Andra could always be counted on being, it was being a great friend. Her natural, loving personality extended to growing her group of acquaintances and loved ones. While growing up, some of her best friends were Deitra, Carla, Cherri, Tracye, Karen, Tonia, Bonnie and Tonye. Later in life, she became friends with Shari, Tasha, Darlena, Vicki, Lauren, Shelia, Jaye, Denise, Cheryl, Teresa, Juanda, and Lisa. Andra’s friend group was always growing, and there were many people throughout her life that she kept dear.
The culmination of Andra’s love came from her daughter, Sierra. Andra did whatever she could to best fulfill her needs, and made sure that their home always felt loving, warm, and fun. Their family was rounded out by her dachshund-poodle mix, Louie, who has been part of the family for thirteen years.
Fortunately, Andra enjoyed what she did for a living and always worked diligently to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was as a Claims Representative for a Life Insurance Company. She was employed for thirteen years by Zurich, NA. Even at work, Andra made close friends that she considered to be family, especially Toby, Jenn, Rachel, Brett, and Eddie, along with a host of others.
Outside of work, Andra loved spending time with her loved ones, going to antique stores, and traveling. Some of her favorite vacations included Key West, Dominican Republic, New York, Delaware, New Orleans, New Mexico, Hawaii and Virginia Beach. She was also something of a sports fan, watching basketball, football, track, and baseball whenever she got the opportunity.
Andra’s faith was important to her. She was a member of Simpson United Methodist Church. During that time, she was a junior usher and member of the youth choir. Her stewardship also included participation on various church committees.
Andra passed away on September 30, 2020 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family after fighting a brave battle against Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Sierra; her sisters, Gwen (Tommy) and April; her treasured aunts, Hester Smith, Patricia Gause, and Katie McCullin; and a host of loving family and friends. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary.
Simply stated, Andra was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving. She was someone who was a vital part of their lives, and she leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Andra Elizabeth Byrd.