Paris Vawn Byington
Paris Vawn Byington
  • February 1, 1961 - August 12, 2017
  • Bakersfield, California

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Paris's 10-year battle with Cancer ended on August 12, 2017. She was surrounded by her two older sisters and three children. The week prior to her death, countless Friends and Loved ones came to express their love and adoration. Among these visitors was her "Hero" Dr. Patel of CBCC. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dick and Helen Byington, Ken and RosEtta Bridgeman; parents, Lyle Byington and Kay Carroll, step-dad Robert Carroll; grandchild, Jordan David Marler. She also joins the countless friends that she has lost throughout the years. She is survived by her sisters, Trelby Geoffray and Robyn Byington; brother-in-law, Mike Geoffray; daughters, Autumn Rosetta Marler, Levitica Amariah Byington; son, Seth Michael Byington; son-in-law, Mathew Marler; daughter-in-law, Wendy; grandchildren, Christopher Thompson, Rosalinda Thompson, Ethan Thompson, Jacob Marler, Sarah Marler, Marcus Marler, Nigel and Greysen; Neices, Destiny Smith (Brody), Skye Byington, Nephews, Chance Geoffray, Damen Jones, Jared Jones and Sean Jones, many aunts, cousins and other family.
Paris was born in Lancaster, California on February 1, 1961, the youngest child of Lyle and Kay Carroll. She grew up in North Edwards. She dropped out of school around 10th grade. She met and fell in love with Mario Montes and gave birth to her eldest daughter Autumn in 1979. She never had luck with men and things did not work out with them. She then dated Andy McFadden and gave birth to a daughter, Levitica in 1981. She found herself pregnant again and gave birth to her youngest and only boy, Seth in 1985. Andy and Paris did not work out. Paris moved a lot throughout the years between Mojave, California City, North Edwards and Boron. She was a single parent raising three children on her own. She bartended and waitressed while the kids were young. She eventually decided to better herself and moved to Bakersfield to further her education and career. She dated James "Tinker" Darr on and off for 26 years. He helped her where he could so that her children would always have food, shelter and holidays.
She earned a cert in Computer Science and secured a job with Leon Meeks accounting and worked there for several years. After encouragement from her pushy daughter, Autumn she began working with the reconstruction of the Fox Theatre. In 1995, State Farm Insurance opened a large corporate office in Bakersfield. She was part of the Original staff that started with the company when it opened. This job offered stability and so she made Bakersfield her permanent home. She worked as an Underwriting Service Agent in Personal Lines Fire. There she was able to get very involved in community work with various organizations including Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, RM Pyles boys camp, Police Activities League (PAL) and Relay for Life. She retired from State Farm at 20 years.
She spent over 15 years working with Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire and sitting on the Board of Directors. When she first started with Habitat for Humanity she went out on a site thinking " There's nothing I can do. and ended up framing a house..." She got tremendous satisfaction from her volunteer work. She can empathize with families who benefit from the Habitat program because she spent 10 on welfare as a single mother of three before returning to school and subsequently turning her life around. She loved being able to help so many people in a personal and meaningful way, but still longed for a home of her own. In 2015, her children made her cry when the bought her a mobile home. She was so elated that she made her WIFI password "Home At Last".
She also helped lay the groundwork with Kevin Charrette and Cody Brutlag to begin Thumbs Up Cancer Down. This meant so much to her. She was battling Thyroid Cancer and was more than excited to jump on board with encouraging others in their battle. Paris is known to be a Positive Light in so many people's lives. She loved the color Purple and wore it daily. She also, Loved the Raiders (Die Hard Raider Fan). She went to Raider games with Ty Morris and her son Seth. She loved Football with all her heart.
Paris was an active member of her community, participating in Habitat for Humanity, Thumbs Up Thumbs Down and many more. Her enormous personality, wealth of selflessness and friendly smile will be sorely missed by all of her volunteer colleagues, as well as her family. She was loud, funny (sometimes inappropriately and without a filter), commanding, a leader, dependable, bold, political, flamboyant, didn't back down, tough as nails, pushy, strong-willed, hard headed, loving, thoughtful, sarcastic, one-of-a-kind, charismatic and loved to laugh and bring a smile to others. She was someone who was grateful for every day. She loved her friends deeply and cherished her family always. Her children and grandchildren were her life.
We Love you Mom ~ Mommy ~ Momma

A Celebration of Life will be held at Greenlawn Southwest, 2739 Panama Ln at 10am on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Thumbs Up, Cancer Down.

Arrangements under the direction of Mish Funeral Home, Bakersfield, CA