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Carole Jo (Crites) Byrd

September 7, 1934 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Carole Byrd Obituary

Carole Jo (Crites) Byrd, 89, of Oak Ridge, passed away peacefully Christmas morning, 2023, in her daughter's home. She was born September 7, 1934, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, to Dr. Woodrow and Jo Ellen (Shelby) Crites.

She went to grade school in Sikeston; moved to Cape Girardeau where she attended College High, and then moved to Jackson, graduating from Jackson High School in 1952. She was married to Jack Byrd of Oak Ridge on September 21, 1952. Their union was blessed with four daughters, Deborah Fall (Byrd) Myers, Carole Patrice (Byrd) Sherman, Lisa Lyn (Byrd) Crites and Lucy Lee (Byrd) Meyer. She was dearly referred to by all her grandchildren and great-grand-children as "Momma Jo", a name that she took on from her own mother. Jack passed away on August 2, 2023, a month before celebrating their 71st Anniversary.

Carole Jo loved to serve. She could make the most wonderful banana bread, often sharing it with the residents of the Jackson Manor. She loved giving them slices of her banana bread as she visited and assisted when they played Bingo. She volunteered as a room mother at school during holidays for her girls. Everyone loved her. She always came up with fun games. She served in local churches in the past years as Sunday School teacher, Bible School Director, and also played piano and organ. She played piano until the age of 87 at Grace Methodist Church in Rockview, Missouri. She also wrote Christmas plays for the churches she was a member of.

In 1974 Carole Jo rededicated her life to Jesus Christ during a Lay Witness Mission at their church. She and Jack spent many years serving as Lay pastors for Gravel Hill and Fairview Methodist Church. Together they also traveled to lead teams on Lay Witness Missions. She served as part of the Gideons Auxiliary for many years helping to pass out Bibles and also served as a Chapter President in Women's Aglow.

Carole Jo was a member of the Oak Ridge FCE (Homemakers Club) for 71 years and one year received the FCE award for the state of Missouri. She received a milestone pin in 2022 recognizing 70 years of membership. She spent many years doing charitable capacity positions within the organization. She was historian for the club and also served as President and Secretary. She was more than just a club member, she demonstrated what being a devoted homemaker was about, bringing many talents and interests into her home. She was a talented seamstress who made many clothes for her children over the years. She enjoyed gardening. She made delicious homemade bread and pies. Carole Jo had a keen interest in discovering and learning about flowers native to Missouri and enjoyed seeing them bloom on her property. She was very creative and would try her hand at many crafts and endeavors. Crafting hand-made greeting cards for friends and family was a passion. She put hours of time and loads of love into each of her creations. Over the years Carole Jo taught piano lessons and sold Avon for a short period of time. She loved history and has kept amazing family records as she enjoyed researching genealogy. She enjoyed writing poems, and she loved antiques, music, and most of all, her family. She and Jack also enjoyed traveling, especially to the Smokey Mountain area, Florida and to Branson.

Carole Jo was a "rock-hound". She loved finding unique rocks to add to her rock garden and she collected some real gems! But, the greatest gem was the person she was. She was thoughtful and cared about others. She had a kind, loving and giving heart. She never spoke ill of anyone. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a jewel, a treasure that will always be loved and adored and now missed.

She was a loving mother of her daughters, (late) Deborah (Davy) Myers of Oak Ridge; Carole (Brad) Sherman of Williamsburg, Iowa; Lisa (Brent) Crites of Jackson; Lucy (Randy) Meyer of Biehle, Missouri; grandchildren: Jennifer (John) Dennis; Summer (Scott) Aufdenberg; Benjamin (Stephanie) Sherman; (late) Hilah (Brent) Owen; Abigail (Joe) Whitsitt; Jason (Lena) Sherman; Leah (Steven) Ford; Lauren (Sam) Zahner; Madison Crites, and Taylor (Tyke) Schubert; great-grandchildren: Samuel, Colton, Allie, Isabella, Hudson, Nile, Emelia, Josephine, Noelle, Beaumin, Caden, Samantha, Evelyn, Ethan, Naidene, James, Sophia, Lucas, Haylee, Levi, T.J. and (late) Baby Kysen; brothers, Mitchell (Nilou) Crites of New Delhi, India; (late) Wilson (Marti) Crites of Jacksonville, Florida.

Carole Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Jack Byrd; daughter, Deborah (Byrd) Myers; granddaughter, Hilah (Sherman) Owen; great-grandson, Kysen Zahner; her parents, Dr. Woodrow and Jo Ellen (Shelby) Crites; and brother, Wilson Crites.

Visitation will be Monday, January 1, 2024, from 3 to 7 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at the funeral home, with Pastor Brad Sherman and Pastor Gwen Streeter officiating. Burial will follow in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery.

If considering a memorial, the family suggests Haitian Island Ministries (H.I.M.), c/o Dr. Steve Smith, P. O. Box 616, Wentzville, Mo. 63385, or Gideons International. and .

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January 1, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McCombs Funeral Home & Cremation Center
640 West Independence Street
Jackson, MO 63755

Funeral Service
January 2, 2024

10:30 AM
McCombs Funeral Home & Cremation Center
640 West Independence Street
Jackson, MO 63755

Interment following funeral service
January 2, 2024

Cape Girardeau County Memorial Park Cemetery
2315 Hwy. 61 North
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701


Haitian Island Ministries
P. O. Box 616, Wentzville MO 63385
Tel: 1-636-248-1342

Gideons International
207 Fairgrounds Rd, Pickneyville IL 62274


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