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Anne F. Byrnes
July 24, 1926 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old
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On January 13th 2024, Anne F. Byrnes (97) received her New Year’s wish: to pass painlessly in her sleep like her mother did. That passing was all the more peaceful for the knowledge of a life fully lived and a bounty of love shared. The love and stories she left behind are carried on by her surviving children and their partners— Kathy & Jim, Sean & Nancy, Tim & Rose—as well as her grandchildren—Keith, Kyle, Nickie, Ryan, Meaghan, Melissa, Jessica, Elijah, Emily, Aidan, Isabel—and great-grandchildren—Kylee, Korey, Collin, Mason, Kennedy, Morgan, Rylee, and Amaya.
Anne was born in D.C. on July 24th, 1926. There she attended Holy Cross Academy with her beloved friends Mary Frances Greaney and Justine Veith, with whom she remained friends for life. After high school she took to the skies as a TWA hostess. After traveling across the country in a DC-3, she married the love of her life, Frank, who’s with her now. As are her dear friends, son Kevin, parents Esther and Charles, and her brothers and sisters: Charlie, Dick, Gene, Esther Marie, Jane, and Sandy.
After the loss of her husband, Anne rejoined the workforce (Vitro) where she worked until she earned a retirement that many of us could only dream of. She moved to Murrells Inlet, SC to be by the sea. Anne enjoyed spending time with dear friends, both old and new. Anne continued a close relationship with her daughter Kathy by holiday visits to Maryland and many visits by Kathy to Murrells Inlet, where she eventually retired. She enjoyed annual visits from her brother Charlie. Coupon clipping from the Sunday paper was a weekly highlight of a “Charlie visit”. Then back to the skies she went—not as a hostess but an eager passenger to travel the world: often with her best friend Irma by her side. At home she spent long days at the beach, and glittering nights dancing.
Once her age finally caught up with her (it took ninety-one years because, while Time is quick, Anne was quicker) she moved up North to Prestwick Chase in Saratoga Springs, NY to take advantage of the weather (and also to be near her sons and their families). Life slowed down, and the years caught up with Anne to settle as fond memories which she shared with all of us. Her final gifts to us remain in the form of a hundred stories, time-wrinkled travel brochures, and yellowing photographs.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who made Anne’s life fuller: particularly the Home of the Good Shepherd Wilton staff and Community Hospice workers who not only made sure that Anne’s final days were painless and peaceful, but also offered comfort to those she left behind. We are forever indebted to you.
A funerary mass honoring Anne will be held at Church of Saint Peter in Saratoga Springs, NY on May 17, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.