Mary Beatrice Johnston Byrnes

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 1, 2013

BATON ROUGE — Services for Mary Beatrice “Bea” Johnston Byrnes, 80, of Baton Rouge, formerly of Vidalia, who died peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Baton Rouge Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, were 10 a.m. Monday at Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Monday at Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home.

Bea was born and raised in Jigger, La. She was a 1950 graduate of Fort Necessity High School. Following graduation she married the love of her life, the late Tucker Byrnes. Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes settled in Vidalia where they chose to build their life together and raise their family, establishing Lee “T” Byrnes Construction Company.

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Bea was a devoted Christian who enjoyed volunteering her time to her church family, especially the youth. She dedicated her time through volunteer work which she loved including assisting at “The Strand Theatre” in Shreveport, La., and most recently at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge where she was a receptionist at “Calais Houe.”

Mrs. Byrnes was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence Madison Johnston and Thula Malissa Thames Johnston; two brothers, Lawrence Madison Johnston Jr. and Lofton Monroe Johnston; one toddler sister; her husband, Lee Tucker Byrnes; two infant grandsons; one son-in-law, Stanley Clark Parks.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Wayne Byrnes of Lake St. John; three daughters, Deborah Kiser Parks of Concordia Parish, Shelia Duncan of Geismar, La., and Sandra Carlock and husband, Ronald Carlock of French Settlement, La.; seven grandchildren, Kala Kiser Allen, Timothy Lee “Jason” Duncan, Brandy Byrnes Thompson, Tiffany Kiser Mannino, Courtney Duncan Le, Casey Carlock, and Christine Carlock Tortorich; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jason Duncan, Matthew Mannino, Nigel Johnson, Christian Credeur, Cameron King and Ryan Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations by made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.