Frances Mildred Byrd, 85, a lifelong resident of Alvarado, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2007, at a Fort Worth nursing center after a lengthy illness.

Her funeral was at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Gene Gurley and the Rev. Delbert Taylor officiating. She was buried at Glenwood Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Sanctuary Repair Fund or the United Methodist Women of Alvarado.

Mildred was born June 23, 1921, in Alvarado, daughter of William Andrew and Jewel Clowdus King. She graduated from Alvarado High School in 1938 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Texas Woman's University in Denton and a master's degree from Texas Christian University.

She returned to Alvarado to begin a 40-year career teaching first grade. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alvarado for over 70 years. She married James Lenox Byrd in July 1947, beginning a marriage and partnership lasting 52 years.

They raised two sons, James Andrew and Charles Lenox. Mildred loved teaching and enjoyed seeing her students mature into adults.

She loved the challenge of reaching children with special needs and providing nurture and comfort to those children in need.

Mildred was a gifted artist and enjoyed oil painting, china painting, flower arranging and other arts and crafts. She loved to travel and camp, visiting places across the United States and Canada. She particularly enjoyed her RV and gathering groups of people together for weekend campouts. However, her greatest love was time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include son James Andrew Byrd and wife Charlotte of Burleson; son Charles Lenox Byrd and wife Leanne of Alvarado; grandchildren Andrea, Josh, Adriane and Ashleigh; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Vera King of Alvarado; sister-in-law, Lou Byrd of Fort Worth; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made through Clayton Kay-Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado.