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Yolonda Byrd March 28, 1963 to March 1, 2018

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Yolonda Byrd March 28, 1963 to March 1, 2018

Yolonda Marie Byrd (Terry) was born March 28, 1963 in New Orleans, LA and passed away March 1, 2018 in Houston, TX at the age of 54. Yolonda is survived by her sons, Karry and Kai Byrd; mother, Yvonne Ellis; sisters, Wanda Thomas and Yolanda Walton; uncle, Reginald Hall; aunts, Gayle Dolliole and Donna Bethley and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by father, Willie Terry and aunt, Betty Baptiste. Yolonda was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, her home for more than 40 years. There she raised her two young sons and lived and worked among her family and friends. After the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she, along with her sons, evacuated to Kingwood, TX. In Kingwood, Yolonda found a second home and a church family who loved and cared for her and the boys and whom she loved and cared for in return. Yolonda went on to call Texas home, living and working in Kingwood, making treasured memories with her boys, taking an active part in Kingwood United Methodist Church, and leaving a long list of friends and lives that were forever changed. In 2015 Yolonda was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With courage and strength born of her faith in Jesus Christ, Yolonda met this last challenge with relentless determination. She fought bravely and lived fully to the end, sharing an infectious smile with all. As her friends and her church rallied around her, she left an indelible mark on hundreds of lives by the grace and hope she exhibited. She will be missed. Her family wishes to thank the people of Kingwood United Methodist Church, her second family for 13 years, for the love and grace shown to her and her sons. A very special thanks is extended to the Reeves family for the years of faithful friendship from the day she arrived in Kingwood as an evacuee.  A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Kingwood United Methodist Church. A reception will follow.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the KUMC Youth program in her memory.