Sandra Byrd (July 08, 1942 - June 01, 2023)

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Sandra Byrd
  • July 08, 1942
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  • June 01, 2023

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CHARLESTON- SANDRA (Sandy) RITA BYRD, mother, grandmother, (affectionately known as “Nanny), sister and friend.

July 8, 1942 – June 1, 2023

Sandy was born in Newport, R.I. on July 8, 1942, to Sally Sophia Henson and Felton Lanier Byrd, who was overseas serving in the U.S. Army. Sandy and Sally were living with and being cared for by her grandparents NCO/Msg Kay Henson & Maria Rossi Henson.

Sandy was extremely proud of being an “army brat.” Her Daddy served 22 years in the U.S Third Army from the age of 17 as a Private until his retirement at age 39 as the youngest Lt. Colonel to retire from the 3rd Army Ordnance Division in 1958, at that time.

Sandy was equally proud of her “sainted” mother who at times, with the support of her parents and her Catholic faith, pretty much raised their seven girls alone as her Daddy was always assigned to “hardship tours” overseas.

Sandy’s greatest treasures on this earth were her twin daughters delivered May 31, 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia. Tina Marie who is married to Andy Jones and Tammy Lee who is married to Mark Kiger. Her next greatest treasures on this earth were her grandchildren, Tyler Morgan Jones and Eden Grace Kiger.

Sandy is survived by her six sisters, Kay Byrd Hanks of Vero Beach, Florida, Mary Byrd Montgomery of Melbourne, Florida, Elissa Byrd Travis, Debbie Byrd Armour, Kimmie Byrd Williams & Vickie Byrd O’Donohue all of Atlanta, Georgia. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Sandy grew up in Columbia, SC (Ft. Jackson) attending St Peter’s Parochial School for eight years, with many of the same classmates, who remained lifelong friends.

She attended Sacred Heart Girls School in Atlanta, GA (Ft. MacPherson) and graduated from Southwest High School, July 1960. She attended University of Georgia & was a Charter member of Delta Zeta. She graduated from Massey Business College, Cum Laude with an Executive Secretary Degree. She graduated from the National Paralegal Institute in Atlanta, GA and began her legal career as Paralegal/Business Manager to Thomas W. Malone, one of Georgia’s top Medical Malpractice Plaintiff’s Attorneys. Her First & most interesting case was the “Pope Baby Swap Case” in 1990.

She worked as an Executive Secretary with the following companies: Nabisco, Eggo Frozen Foods, a subsidiary of Kellogg’s, Paradies Toys and Airport Shops, Pure Packed Frozen Foods, and Hallmark Cards.

She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church on Daniel Island, S.C. Her strong faith in God was the foundation of her life and the basis for her Prayer Ministry.

She was known to many as their “Personal Prayer Warrior” the past fifteen years of her life.

Family and Friends:
Please share your favorite pictures and memories on the tribute wall. As many of you know, Sandy supported St Jude throughout her entire adult life. In honor of her memory, we are including a link for those that would like to donate in leu of flowers. Babies and children always held a special place in her heart and in her life.

https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html

May God bless you all!


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  1. Elissa Byrd Travis lit a candle:
    01 Jul 2023
    Lit since July 1, 2023 at 7:11:28 PM

  2. Elissa Byrd Travis says:
    01 Jul 2023
    It is not easy being the Big Sister of 7 girls. Sandy filled those shoes with pride and dedication.
    Aunt Sandy was Cheryl's personal Prayer Warrior and all the love and prayers were greatly appreciated.
    I remember Cheryl waking up in the hospital after surgery asking for Sandy (she wanted to tell her to pray harder). Sandy took her job seriously and prayed harder. Knowing that Sandy is with Big Dad, Nana, Little Jim and Cheryl is a great comfort.
    Sending all our Love and Support to Tina and Tammy and their families.
    Love Elissa and Eddie

  3. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND at Nana and Big Daddy's 1982.  Belted King Fisher house.
    HILTON HEAD ISLAND at Nana and Big Daddy's 1982. Belted King Fisher house.

  4. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    CHRISTMAS 1990 Kasey and Nandy!
    CHRISTMAS 1990 Kasey and Nandy!

  5. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Moma and Daddy's Anniversary at my house on Redding Rd.
    Moma and Daddy's Anniversary at my house on Redding Rd.

  6. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Swim time at Aunt Sandy's when they lived in Dunwoody.  1989
    Swim time at Aunt Sandy's when they lived in Dunwoody. 1989

  7. KIMMIE posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Sandy and Kay Christmas!  Besties
    Sandy and Kay Christmas! Besties

  8. KIMMIE posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Family reunion Hilton Head summer 1981.  Left to right Nana, Mary, The lavenders, Elissa holding Cheryl, Big Daddy, Eddie, Sandy, Tina, Margaret, Tammy, Kenny, Angela, and Heather.  Good times.
    Family reunion Hilton Head summer 1981. Left to right Nana, Mary, The lavenders, Elissa holding Cheryl, Big Daddy, Eddie, Sandy, Tina, Margaret, Tammy, Kenny, Angela, and Heather. Good times.

  9. KIMMIE posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Kay and Sandy at Christmas 1983 in Atlanta at my house.
    Kay and Sandy at Christmas 1983 in Atlanta at my house.

  10. Kimmie posted an image:
    25 Jun 2023
    Thank you Sandy for being on my train.
    Thank you Sandy for being on my train.

  11. Kimmie Byrd Williams says:
    24 Jun 2023
    Rest in Peace sweet sister! I will miss hearing you say "Kimmie Coco"

  12. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    24 Jun 2023
    Aunt Sandy with Max on his first Christmas!  1991
    Aunt Sandy with Max on his first Christmas! 1991

  13. Kimmie Byrd Williams posted an image:
    24 Jun 2023
    Aunt Sandy and Kasey Christmas 1991
    Aunt Sandy and Kasey Christmas 1991

  14. Kimmie Byrd Williams lit a candle:
    24 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 24, 2023 at 6:43:43 PM

  15. Sarah O’Donohue says:
    18 Jun 2023
    Aunt Sandy, I will cherish the memories of my time with you—especially my summer days spent at your house in Douglasville, eating WOW chips, riding the golf cart to the pool, and playing with the dolls you had made to look like Tina and Tammy.  I will be sure to pass along to my daughter your important life lesson that sometimes you just need to have a brownie for breakfast (with ice cream and hot fudge, of course). Love always, Sarah

  16. JC says:
    15 Jun 2023
    Kay’s memory sadly is not with her.
    For a few moments she occasionally seems to have a normal mind and said “where is Sandy”
    At other times she asks “where are my sisters “
    She asks about her mother
    Very sad about Sandy

  17. JC says:
    15 Jun 2023
    Remember when!
    Kay and Sandy were very close during the early years
    Her best friend
    Sad, but Kay has no memory of her sister

  18. Angela Barros lit a candle:
    15 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 15, 2023 at 6:22:04 AM

  19. Debra “Debbie Do” Byrd Armour says:
    13 Jun 2023
    So many memories of our beloved Sandy from the days on Westwood when she was pregnant with Tina and Tammy then the move to Mount Vernon with the whole family gathering for Sunday dinners, later my time with them in Germantown but my favorite are the visits to Hilton Head at so many family gatherings through the years. I am thankful for each memory as she will live on through them never to be forgotten. Your journey is complete and I draw comfort knowing you are resting in the loving arms of our savior. Well done big sister!

  20. Liz Armour says:
    13 Jun 2023
    Aunt Sandy gave the best hugs! She was truly one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

  21. Liz Armour says:
    13 Jun 2023
    Aunt Sandy gave the best hugs! She truly was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

  22. Vickie O'Donohue says:
    13 Jun 2023
    Rest in Peace my sweet sister. You will truly be missed. I find comfort knowing that you are in heaven with the other Byrd Angels and I know you are at peace. Know that I will be there for your 2 sweet girls and I have their backs forever! You raised 2 beautiful and smart ladies and I am proud to be their Aunt. You can rest knowing that whatever they need whenever they need it I will be there for them. You will be in my thoughts often and will be forever missed. I will treasure all the good memories we had and know that there is a special Angel watching over us!
    Much Love - Vickie

  23. Tammy posted an image:
    13 Jun 2023
    Mom had this poem in her personal things and seems very fitting to post here. Finally at peace and in God's loving arms.
    Mom had this poem in her personal things and seems very fitting to post here. Finally at peace and in God's loving arms.

  24. Tina Jones lit a candle:
    13 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 13, 2023 at 6:24:17 AM

  25. Debra “Debbie Do” Byrd Armour lit a candle:
    12 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 12, 2023 at 6:24:50 PM

  26. Debra “Debbie Do” Byrd Armour lit a candle:
    12 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 12, 2023 at 6:23:12 PM

  27. Chick Montgomery says:
    12 Jun 2023
    Sandy was one of my best friends since 2nd grade at St. Peter's School in Columbia, SC. She was the most kind, caring person I have known. She prayed for her friends and loved her Lord. So many fun memories like first smoking at her home after she moved to Atlanta! We were so cool, young and carefree! Love you Sandy ❤

  28. Tammy “Lambchop” Kiger lit a candle:
    12 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 12, 2023 at 6:48:17 PM

  29. Tina Jones says:
    12 Jun 2023
    Momma,

    You will be missed but never forgotten. I love you very much and you will always be in my heart. Until we meet again.

    Tina

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