February 25, 1926–April 26, 2010
|ELIZABETH LEE BYERLY, 84, a 14 year resident of Green Valley (Arizona), died of coronary artery disease April 26, 2010, at Kirkland, Wash.
She had moved last October with her sister, Lillian, to Redmond, Wash. to be nearer friends and relatives. Cremains will be buried in the family cemetery in Iowa.
Liz was born at Anamosa, Iowa, Feb. 25, 1926, to Lee and Bernice Trease Byerly. Inspired by an aunt, a WWI Army nurse, she trained at Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, Calif. She graduated with a diploma from the Nursing program at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Ill. in 1947, where as a student she was part of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.
In 1955, she obtained her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, where she was inducted into The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, and in 1958, a Master's of Nursing in Nursing Service Administration from the University of Washington. As one of the original students at the University of Washington in the Nurse Scientist Training program (U.S. Public Health Service), she earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1970, with an interest in transcultural nursing.
She held various staff and administrative positions in both community and research/teaching hospitals, and taught at the U. of Washington where she held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Anthropology. In 1976, she became an Associate Professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education, Spokane, Wash., with a courtesy appointment with the Department of Anthropology, Washington State University.
From 1977-1980, Liz was project director and principal investigator for a study of migrant health in north-central Washington. At ICNE she taught the importance of recognizing cultural variations in care-giving, a topic that continued to interest her into her retirement years. She retired as a full Professor in 1986.
Liz then joined her sister at Stehekin, Wash., a small, isolated community in the North Cascades National Recreation Area. In 1995, they moved to Green Valley, buying a home in San Ignacio Vistas, where she served as block captain.
She taught students as a Green Valley Literacy Volunteer and was a volunteer at the Library. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Democratic Club, Green Valley Genealogy Society, G.V. Gardeners, and GVR's Computer Club. She was a spinner and a quilter, loved baseball and the experience of living in this culturally rich area.
Her sister, Lillian Byerly of Redmond, survives her.
Source: Green Valley News, Green Valley, Arizona, May 22, 2010
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