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“Embria and Mary, my sincere condolences on the loss of Mama Daisy. My love and prayers are with you and your family. Love you ”
1 of 31 | Posted by: Louisa Perez - Friend

“Pat, I was very saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. My prayers are with you and your family. May God always be your solid rock in...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Betty Edwards - VA

“Flo, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May the Lord comfort all of the family at this time in your lives. Ruth Dunham (grandniece via Mr....Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Ruth Dunham - Riverside, CA

“Patricia, Our thoughts and prayers are with you if you need anything please let me know. Time helds all wounds. We love you. Lorraine and Jeremy ”
4 of 31 | Posted by: Lorraine McCrary - Clifton, VA

“Pat, Leroy, Leslee and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I know this is a difficult time, but remember the good times. You...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Trudy and Leroy Mcknight - VA

“Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll be praying you and your family, may God be with you. ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Randy Carrington - Charlotte, NC

“To the Byrd Family, We hope you find comfort in the love of family, friends and God's undying love. Cousin Daisy had a beautiful spirit and the...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Roland & Marva Moore & Family - FL

“I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I pray you all find comfort during this time. I will keep you in my prayers. Love, Ann (Harold's...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Ann Lewis-Jones - VA

“To the Byrd Family, We hope that you find comfort in the love of family, friends and God's undying love during this time of bereavement. Cousin...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Roland & Marva Moore & Family - FL

“Sincere condolences to Lisa and the family of 'Mama Daisy'. I remember several discussions with Lisa as she shared information of fun times,...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Glenda B. Payne - Washington, DC

“Patricia, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My heartfelt condolence to you and the entire family. ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Lily Boateng - MD

“Our heart goes out to the entire family.We are blessed to have known Mama Daisy and to be one of the many lives that she touched. We will continue to...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Beasley Taylor/Leathia Beasley Oliphant - MD

“Pat - We're thinking of you in your time of loss and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Loi Mai and Family - Leesburg, VA

“May God watch over you and your family and comfort you in this time of your life and guide you on this journey. ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Gary Simms - Manassas, VA

“Those we love remain with us, for love itself lives on. Know that cherished memories never fade because a loved one's physical being is gone... ...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Patrice Major - Leesburg, VA

“Patricia, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Pam and Lee McPherson - MD

“To Patricia and the Byrd Family: My deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories of your mother...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Roxane Rucker - Arlington, VA

“To Patrica and Family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Wanda and Bill Brown ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Wanda Jones Brown - bowie, MD

“TO THE BYRD FAMILY: On behalf of the Derricott Family we would like to express our sadness in your time of sorrow. Ma Daisy was kind and a loving...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: Reaver Durham - Temple Hills, MD

“My prays are with you Patricia and your family. Love Vicky ”
20 of 31 | Posted by: Vicky Degraffenreid - Germantown, MD

“Embria and family may youall find some comfort in what is a very difficult time knowing there are friends that share in your grief.I am so sorry for...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: BrendaDeyo-Smith - woodford, VA

“Bill, Embria; You have may sincere condolences! ”
22 of 31 | Posted by: Thomas Davis - Spotsylvania, VA

“To the Byrd Family, Your Mom was a sweet lady and more like a role model to a lot of people. She will be greatly missed. Love, Roberta Rollins and...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Roberta Rollins - VA

“TO THE BYRD FAMILY, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE BYRD FAMILY.LOVE MRS.MABEL ROLLINS LOMAX ”
24 of 31 | Posted by: Mabel Lomax - VA

“Lisa and the entire Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jerard spent so much time with the entire family and Mama Daisy...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Vivian Shepherd - Clinton, MD

“My deepest sympathy to Lisa Smith and the entire family ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Jeralyn Johnson - DC

“Words cannot express my feelings on the lost of Mrs. Byrd. From the moment I met her, I loved she and the family. I was accepted immediately as a...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: Carolyn - Wytheville, VA

“My deepest condolences to you, Pat. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. My heart aches knowing the hurt and pain...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: Joyce Harris - Bowie, MD

“I met mr and mrs.Byrd over 40 years ago,via being friends with their older kids flo,sonny and bill,I remember mr.and mrs,Byrd as probably the nicest...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: gene young - temple hills, MD

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Bela ”
30 of 31 | Posted by: Bela Silva - Silver Spring, MD

“To Embria and the Byrd family, may it comfort you to know that we were so very sorry to hear of your loss.You're in our thouhgts now and in the days...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Edwina Deyo Woolfolk - VA


Daisy Purce Byrd was born in Hazelwood in Caroline County, Virginia to the late William Lamar and Irene Hill Purce. She was the youngest daughter of eight children. She was educated in Caroline County, graduating from Union High School as valedictorian of her class. Fluent in French and a passionate reader, Daisy also competed in oratorical contests and fondly remembered acting in the school's theatrical productions. On March 6, 1943, Daisy was wed in Holy Matrimony to Embria L. Byrd, Sr. To this union five children were born. Her husband and their youngest son, Gerald Kenneth Byrd, preceded her in death. Daisy joined Shiloh Baptist Church at the age of six and served faithfully throughout her life. She participated in numerous organizations and led the Missionary Circle for many years. For fifty years, she served as the Church Clerk, continuing her family legacy as the fourth generation to perform this role since the church was built in the mid-1800s. In 1971, Daisy was appointed Postmaster in Port Royal, Virginia and performed in this capacity for twenty years until her retirement. She flourished in this role; extending her warm and generous spirit to the community she loved so dearly. She held membership in numerous organizations including the NAACP, NAPUS, Ruritans Club, Old Port Royal School, Inc. and served as an elected official on the Port Royal Town Council from 1990-2002. Known affectionately as "Mama Daisy", she will be fondly remembered for her grace and humility. She leaves to cherish her memory her children Florine Byrd, Embria Byrd Jr., William Byrd and Patricia Byrd; daughters-in-law Mary Leftridge Byrd, Gertrude Byrd and Cynthia Byrd; brothers Lawson Purce and John Purce; six grandchildren including Barry Minor Sr. with whom she shared an extraordinary bond; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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