Lynne Rahe Byrd
May 23, 1963 - August 14, 2013
Lynne Rahe Byrd finished her finest marathon yet as she sprinted through the heavenly gates in the early morning of Wednesday August 14, 2013. Over the past 18 months Lynne fought a courageous battle against a rare form of intestinal cancer, demonstrating a courage few people could emulate.
A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday August 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill United Methodist Church in Concord with Rev. David Hockett and Rev. David Hobson officiating. A reception will follow in the multipurpose room.
Lynne was born May 23, 1963 in Richmond County, SC. She was the daughter of Bonnie Keller Rahe of Concord and the late Royce Rahe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell L. Byrd in 2008.
Lynne loved life. She enjoyed cooking, running, traveling and just being with family and friends. She had a flair for fashion and was the definition of class, style and grace. Lynne owned Rahe Lynne Clothier in Charlotte. She was a member of Forest Hill United Methodist Church. She loved her church and church family. Hearts are broken and she will be missed beyond words, but our loss is truly heaven's gain.
In addition to her mother, surviving Lynne is Ron Bryson, Lynne's 2nd love of her life, along with his son, Benjamin C. Bryson; her sister, Stacey Clifton and her husband, Dan of Concord; nephew, Trey Blair, his wife, Jennifer and (baby on the way) of Harrisburg, NC; brothers, Edward Surber and wife, Ann of Harrisburg, NC and Steve Rahe and wife, Connie of Houston, TX; aunt, Dolly Halford of Tucker, GA; cousin, Karyl Kaye Miller of Snellville, GA; her mother-in-law, Helen Byrd and brother-in-law, Michael Byrd and wife, Leslie of Concord; her most special canines, Wilson, Hattie and Roxanne.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Chris Ferris of CMC-Charlotte, Dr. Sophie Dessureault and the nursing staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and Dr. Debra Sudan, her colleagues and nursing staff at Duke Hospital for all their help and support to Lynne and her family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Lynne Rahe Byrd Abdominal Cancer Research Fund c/o Merrill Lynch, 4500 Cameron Valley Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28211or to Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union Street N. Concord, NC 28025.
Lori Woodward SprinkleIt is hard to grasp Lynne has left us, but I am quite certain her beautiful smile is glowing amongst the angels and making heaven an even brighter place. Prayers going up for her family during this difficult time and the days ahead as well.
phil brysonAll of you are in our prayers. Beaverdam Baptist Church Mountville, SC and the entire Bryson family are sincerely sorry for your loss. Lynne was a very beautiful lady in all ways. May God keep you in His care is our prayer.
Jeff KearnsI am heavy hearted and uplifted at the same time knowing that Lynne is Happy and Running in Heaven! I am praying for Ron and Ben,and Lynne's family during this difficult time. Lynne was special beyond words and Heaven definitely has a shiny new angel and our loss is "Truly Heaven's Gain". God bless.
Debra FosterI absolutely adored Lynne and will remember her spirit, her grace, and her fabulous style (even though I am wearing black as I write this-much to her dismay, I am sure). She is an inspiration to all who battle life's challenges. Heaven has gained a remarkable angel. Debra
Guy AustinI went to school with Lynne and she was definitely a smart, beautiful, sweet young lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.
Betsy BallardDear Helen and Family,
Sending heartfelt sympathy to you and the family. May the Lord grant you all His peace that passes all understanding. Prayers for all of you.
Linda WellnitzLynne will truly be missed. Her passion for life was such a positive for her friends. She threw herself fully into whatever she undertook. She was a vibrant person and a true friend. Lynne I know that you are now pain free and that smile of yours is back. Say 'hi' to Mitch and relax you have reached your destination, the journey has ended. You will be ever in my thoughts as I remember those days we spent together hoping to get you well. Luv ya girl.
Linda WellnitzI am sadden by the loss of a very dear friend. I know that you are in a better place and without the pain that you lived with on a daily basis for the last few months. Girl you went through a lot and had more surgeries in a years time than most have in a lifetime. You can now rest and relax and hopefully that smile of yours is back on your face. The one that spreads sunshine to everyone that it touches. You were a dear friend and I will miss you, but for you the journey has ended. Say "hi" to Mitch for me. Luv ya girl.
John & Sally FisherSo sorry for your loss. Lynne was lovely in every sense of the word.
Dale BoozerMy deepest condolences to Lynne's family and friends, may God be with you all in this time of grief.
Shawn, Stormy, and Skylar ThomasWe send out our most heartfelt condolences to the family of Lynne. She was our neighbor, and was indeed a joy to be around. We will admire her courage and strength through her battle these last 18 months. Heaven has truly gained an angel. Peace be with you all.
Bob and Kay RikeTo Ron and Lynn's family:
We send our heartfelt sympathy to each of you. Lynn was a beautiful women of strength. Her courage and endurance in all of her endeavors was remarkable.
Our prayers will be with you. Sincerely, The Rikes
Eileen LoverSo sorry to hear this news! Lynne and Mitch were just way to young. It is not for us to know and understand . . . but I do know that she is at perfect peace and pain free with her Heavenly Father. She will be missed!! I send my love and prayers to all her family and friends. xo
Pennie BashusMy thoughts are with Bonnie, Stacey, Trey, & the family during this time. May God give you comfort in the days ahead.
Ralph &Ralph & Lily SmithHelen - Our Deepest Sympathy to you and the family of Lynn. May God bless each of you.
Joannie & Vic KyslingerLynne- We will always be reminded of you beautiful smile. We will truly remember you. What an awesome lady. Sending heartfelt sympathy to you and your very special friend and your entire family. May the peace of god be with your family durning this dificult time. May you Lynne enjoy eternal life as you spread your wings in heaven making it a better place now that you have arrived.
Myrtle and Joe SmithTO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF LYNNE R. BYRD:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and may God give you the PEACE that only He can give.
(sister-in-law and nephew of Mrs. Helen Byrd)
God's blessings to everyone.
Mrs. Myrtle Smith and Mr. Joe Smith
Sally BroadwayI am so sad for all of us who has lost a ray of sunshine. Lynne would always light up a room.
Charlotte has not only lost a great style artist but a beautiful angel as well. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends. Heaven has gained another angel and she will deeply be missed here.God bless and be well to all.
Candace KhashmanI absolutely had no idea of this tragedy until this past week. I am sending heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Your exuberant personality and flair for fashion truly set an icon for many entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. May God give you PEACE that only HE can give. Blessings to you and your family.