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Mary Willa Carnal Byers
March 4, 1939–April 28, 2008
Mary Willa Byers, 69, of Marion, and formerly of Wyoming, died Monday, April 28, 2008, at Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.
A celebration of her life was held on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Wyoming First Presbyterian Church in Wyoming, with Pastor Christopher Doyle officiating. Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa. Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Mary Willa Carnal was born on March 4, 1939 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of E. Richard and Helen (Rugg) Carnal. She graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1957 and attended the University of Northern Iowa.
She married John Byers on June 3, 1959 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Mary was a secretary at Oliver Tractor Works in Charles City, a medical transcriptionist at Medical Arts and Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa, and a Tupperware manager at Mari's Melodys.
She was a member of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church and the Evening Circle, Oxford Junction Order of Eastern Star, Mensa and served as an EMT with Midland Ambulance for 10 years. She was an avid quilter and belonged to the Quilting Guild in Cedar Rapids. She also spent hours enjoying her computer. Her favorite pastimes were traveling with John and spending time with her grandsons.
She is survived by her husband, John Byers of Marion; her children, Joel Evan (Khue) Byers, of Terrill, Texas, Marilyn "Mimi" Lake, of Wyoming, and Mary "Beth" (Darren) Janssen, of Ackley; 6 grandchildren, Canyon, Dylan and Carson Lake, and Evan, Brent and Jay Janssen; her parents, Richard and Helen Carnal, of Marion and two sisters, Barbara (Bill) Clark of St.Charles, Missouri and Bobbette Carnal of Marion.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 23 May 2008

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