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Eileen Byrne

Eileen Cardy Byrne, a Davis area resident for the past 65 years, died Jan. 7, 2010. Born on June 27, 1923, in Los Angeles, to William and Minnie Cardy, she was 86 years old.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she was a homemaker and volunteer. Her hobbies included tole painting and square dancing. She also was an active member and secretary of a Model-A Ford Club. She sang in the choir at St. James Catholic Church for more than 50 years and was an active member and volunteer for the Davis Senior Center and the Davis Dynamos Walking Club.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl Rudd and Robert Byrne, along with five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D St. in downtown Davis. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at noon Wednesday, Jan. 13, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis. Interment will follow at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.

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Eileen was such an inspiration. As one of the Davis Dynamos, I was continually struck by her enthusiasm, her charming upbeat character and her ability to capture our meetings in such a clear way as our Secretary. She was fun, sharp, and a wonderful role model. It was a joy to know her. Barbara Evoy

Barbara Evoy Jan 16 2010 12:00 AM

Eileen was a very special person to my daughter Annie and I. We knew her from Bingo at the senior center and shared many mutual friends as well. Annie became very close to Eileen, as she sat next to her at Bingo for several year. Eileen was like a grandmother to Annie and they had a lot of fun and laughs over the years. We will most cherish the time we had with her this summer, as she took us on a tour of the house and showed us all her "treasures" that she held dear over the years. This is our last memory of her, and the one that we will hold dear to our hearts. We are grieving with you, but we know that we will see her again in heaven. Sincerely, Nicole MacLinsey

Nicole MacLinsey Jan 15 2010 12:00 AM

To Eileen's family: we sympathize with you during your time of sorrow. We loved Eileen and will miss her after being friends with her for over 30 years. She was a dear lady but is now with dear Paul. She was always positive and with a smile on her face. I will let Sister Jeanette know about her passing. Our prayers go out to you. with much love, Libby & Dave

Libby Burmester Jan 13 2010 12:00 AM