Shirley Marie (Paisley) Byrd

July 8, 1936 - July 20, 2022 Age 86

Shirley Marie (Paisley) Byrd passed away on July 20, 2022, losing her battle with Alzheimer’s at the age of 86. She was born on July 8, 1936 in West Grove, PA to the late Walter and China (Mcmillan) Paisley.

In her youth, Shirley played with her friends near Baker Station, would go roller skating at the Avondale roller rink and would be known to sneak off to swim in the Avondale quarry!

On November 10, 1951, Shirley married her husband, the late Richard Carson Byrd. They had four children, Debbie (McMahon), John Byrd, Sharon (Ham), and Richard Byrd Jr.

Shirley was initially a stay-at-home mom on their farm. Eventually, they built a new house on the property. Some hobbies of hers included gardening, planting flowers, and decorating the home for all seasons. Shirley also enjoyed attending bingo, shopping, boating and vacationing in Florida for many years.

Shirley was involved in the West Grove Playground Mothers Association, worked for several years in the Avon Grove School District cafeteria and also worked in various gift/ antique shops in her later years. (Often bringing home her paycheck in the form of trinkets!)

Shirley is predeceased by her siblings; Christine Troilo, Dean Paisley and Logene DiStefano. She is survived by her four children, 10 grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be no services.


  1. John and I would like to express our condolences on the loss of your Mom. May she Rest In Peace. We are so very sorry for your loss.

    John Bush | August 13, 2022 at 7:32 PM
  2. Blessings to the Byrd family at this time of your loss. May she rest in peace and be with Byrdie.

    Bud McFadden | August 6, 2022 at 12:21 PM
  3. Dear Debbie, John, Sharon and Rick, I just saw that you lost your Dear Mom. I know we actually lost her awhile ago, but, that doesn`t make it any easier. We had many great times together. I watched you kids grow up and you were the cutest! Your Mom and Dad were such nice friends.I pray that she is finally resting in peace in the arms of God with your Dad.
    My Love and Sympathy to all of you and your Family, Patsy

    Patsy Vanderkraats | August 3, 2022 at 8:01 AM
  4. Debbie , John , Rick and Sharon
    May your fond memories bring you joy at this time of sorrow.

    Deborah (Testerman) May | August 2, 2022 at 3:20 PM
  5. My heartfelt condolences to you, Rick, and your family.

    Caron Dvorak | July 30, 2022 at 8:41 AM
  6. Rest in Peace, Shirley, rise in Glory
    Joan Morgan Bessicks – classmate ’54

    Joan M Bessicks | July 30, 2022 at 6:01 AM

    alfred+l+lewis | July 29, 2022 at 4:05 PM

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