Mary E. Byers, 65, passed away unexpectedly on March 25, 2017, at her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mary was born July 10, 1951, in Muncie, Indiana, the daughter of the late Robert S. Lewis and Mary J. (Ford) Lewis. Mary was a kind, generous soul who loved spending time with family and friends. She was the rock of the family and the glue that held us together.
Mary was a graduate of Muncie Central High School and played a major role in the family after the premature death of her mother. She thrived as a mother figure throughout her life, first for her siblings and then for her son, Aubrey, and his friends, as well as her nieces and nephews. Mary had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up a room. She would welcome anyone into her home and loved to cook for others.
Mary attended church in both Muncie and Indianapolis, and was employed at Best Lock for many years before retiring from Allison Transmission in Indianapolis. She enjoyed playing dominos and traveling with family, especially to the Bahamas, Disney and Las Vegas.
Mary is survived by her son, Aubrey (Cassie) Lewis-Byers, and granddaughter Gianna, Green Bay, Wisconsin; three sisters, Phyllis V. Jordan (Burt Staten) and Patricia A. Jordan, both of Indianapolis, and Bessie (Lonnie) Jordan, Muncie; brother-in-law Dr. Renzie Abram, Muncie; mother-in-law Missouri Sanders, Indianapolis; her late husband’s brothers, Gregory (Ann Marie) Byers, James Anthony (Rhonda) Byers, and Robert (Sharon) Byers, all of Indianapolis, and Clay (Mammie) Byers, Holly Springs, Mississippi; her late husband’s sisters, Jean Garrett and Althea (Kevin) Moore, both of Indianapolis; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by two sons, Londell D. Lewis and Lawrence Byers; granddaughter Aniah J. Lewis-Byers; husband Larry C. Byers; her parents; her sister, Lois J. Abram; and her brothers, Robert E. Fisher, John C. Fisher and Irvin E. Lewis.
Family and friends are invited to gather on (date/time) for repass at Lawrence United Methodist Church in Indianapolis after the burial, which will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery.
“When my mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away, it was difficult to navigate all that needed to be done while our minds were just trying to process what had happened. We wanted to make sure we told the story of her life in a way that would truly encompass the wonderful person she was. We also knew we needed assistance to make sure it was perfect! We called Mike and he immediately jumped into action. We exchanged a few calls and emails, and within a day had a beautifully written obituary. We were so thankful for his help and how easy he made this process. He did a great job honoring a wonderful woman.” – Cassie Lewis-Byers