Minnie L. Classen Byrd
Minnie L. (Classen) Byrd went to the bosom of Abraham on April 28, 2011. She was born on June 1, 1922 to Isaac T. and Margaret R. Classen.
She graduated from Meade High School, Class of 1942. She entered the Army Cadet Nurses Training Program and graduated at St. Anthony Hospital in Dodge City as an RN in 1945. She was Director of Nursing at the Fowler Hospital, the first hospital in Meade County. she worked for Deaconess Hospital many years, in the nursery.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Katie.
She married Lloyd C. Byrd on August 4, 1949 in Dodge City.
She is survived by: her husband, Lloyd; 2 daughters, Kaie Stewart and Grace James and her husband Michael; son-in-law, Chuck Stewart; grandchildren, Erin and husband Johnny Moore, J. Stewart and wife Laurie, Joshua James and fiance Janice Langdon, Jacqueline Wicker and husband David; great grandchildren, Kendall, Reee and Ava Stewart, Laine Moore and Kaden James; 3 brothers, Isaac Classen Jr, Wilmer Classen and Ernie Classen; 1 sister, Bertha Johnson.
Her life was given in service to God and others. She was a Sunday School teacher for decades. Her delight was to be with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services to celebrate her life were held Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Williams Memorial Church of the Nazarene at 2 pm with burial following in the Bethany Cemetery.