Irene J. Byers, 98, nurse and funeral home director

September 28, 2005

Irene J. Byers, a retired registered nurse and funeral director, died of lung cancer Friday at a nursing home in Seminole, Fla. The former Randallstown resident was 98.

She was born Irene Juliet Peppler in Baltimore and raised on upper Park Heights Avenue. She was a graduate of Western High School and, in 1928, the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

During the 1930s and 1940s, she worked as a private-duty nurse.

Her marriage to Edward Armiger ended in divorce, and in 1945, she married F. Loring Byers, founder of the Randallstown and former Park Heights funeral home that bears his name.

She became a licensed funeral director and worked in the business with her husband, who died in 1980.

A resident of Seminole for almost 30 years, she was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Woodlawn, Arlington Presbyterian Church and Mount Olive United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed cooking, entertaining and still-life oil painting.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W. Liberty Road, Winfield.

Surviving are a son, Gene G. Armiger of Fort Worth, Texas; a daughter, Nancy L. McKinney of Reisterstown; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

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