Kathleen L. "Kay" Byard, Age: 79
Nov 16, 1939 -- May 6, 2019

Kathleen (Kay) Louella Grennan Byard, age 79, died on May 6, 2019, at home with her family by her side. She was born on November 16, 1939 in Norton, KS to William and Freedom Grennan. She graduated from Hayden High School, Topeka, and attended Donnelly College and the University of St. Mary. Kay was blessed to be married to her loving husband, Dick, for 56 years until 2018 when he preceded her in death. Kay never knew a stranger. She was a polio survivor and persevered through life's challenges all the way to the end with courage, strength and a positive attitude. She was employed at Bishop Ward High School for 35 years where she lovingly served and cared for the students. Throughout her life she enjoyed doll-making, ceramics, reading, watercolor painting, and quilting. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with, and making memories, with her family. She is survived by and blessed in this life by her daughters: Terri Davis (Micky); Kathy Byard (Jim Lemos); and Jean Busey (Steve); and her son, Bart Byard (Steph); and leaves 5 grandchildren whom gave her much joy in life: Zach Busey, Allison Byard, Zoe Busey, Nathan Byard and Joseph Byard. Step-grandchildren: Jimmy, Michael and Nick Lemos. She also leaves her siblings: Ann Holvey and Pat Thomas (Eugene, OR), Jane Smith (Elburn, IL) and Joe Grennan (Salina, KS). Kay believed that "a smile on your face made the world a better place". She will be dearly missed. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. with the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 10 at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to National Kidney Foundation (Kidney.org) or the International Centre for Polio Education, Dr. Richard L. Bruno, 151 Prospect Ave., Suite 17A, Hackensack, NJ 07601 (postpolioinfo.com)

 



Condolences

Vera Shinn May 06 ,2019

friend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

My sincere sympathy to all of Kay's kids and grandkids. She had a beautiful spirit and a welcoming smile for everyone. Although it would be years in between our meetings, it was always like it was yesterday when we were all members of Christ the King. Rest in peace, Kay.

Alicia Anderson May 06 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

I am very sorry for your loss, I will keep your family in my prayers. Alicia

Arron and Janis Lewis May 06 ,2019

Friends ,Olathe ,Kansas

Kay was a special lady that always made us feel like part of the family. Her energized and positive personality always put happiness in those around her. She led such a blessed life and had such a wonderful family that she loved so dearly. We will miss her, but thank God for sharing us with her. Now she is with Dick and in peace. We pray for the comfort of the family that is mourning and provided care to her. May their hearts feel your grace and be at peace. Love, The Lewis Family

Janet Dillman May 06 ,2019

Friend ,Kansas City ,Kansas

My sympathies to all the family, I always enjoyed visiting with your Mom she was a special lady.

Chuck Pyle & Margi Yoakum May 07 ,2019

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.

Jan Busey May 07 ,2019

sister of son in law ,Clare ,Michigan

My sincere condolences to the entire family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judy Oberhelman Hackett May 07 ,2019

Cousin of Micky Davis (Terri) ,Wayzata ,Minnesota

Terri, we are thinking of you at this sad time. The obituary for your mom is perfect--what a great lady! Her children and grandchildren are wonderfully blessed to have had her in their lives these years. My prayer is for your Peace and Power as only the Lord can give with abundant Grace. With blessings and deepest condolences to all the family.

Reuben Gomez and Family May 09 ,2019

Friends ,Olathe ,Kansas

We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother and grandmother. Mrs. Byard, will always have a special place in my heart, I will never forget those times I spent with your family and how your mother always had a hug, smile and kind words. She welcomed all as if they were family, and I will never forget those memories. I know your parents will be together smiling at each other looking down on their family with love and pride. Thank you for sharing, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary
Address:
7023 West 71st Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date:
May 10 ,2019
Time:
9:30 AM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Queen of the Holy Rosary
Address:
7023 West 71st Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66204
Date:
May 10 ,2019
Time:
10:30 AM
Google Map: