Barbara Egan Byrnes

May 10, 1928 - April 25, 2010
Barbara Egan Byrnes

Barbara E. Byrnes, 81 of Wilmington passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010. Barbara was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Egan of Tarrytown, New York. Two sisters, Dorothy Nelson and Rosemary Egan, preceded her in death.

Barbara married James Byrnes from Irvington on the Hudson on October 20, 1951. Her husband, James Byrnes survives her; also surviving are her five children and their spouses, James Byrnes, Sharon and William Spear, Shawn and Joseph Adamec, Kathleen and John Canero and Janet Byrnes. Barbara also has five grandchildren; Shelby Byrnes, Eric Spear, Lauren Spear, James Canero and Carly Canero.

Barbara worked at General Motors in Tarrytown, New York, and then had a career with the Mount Pleasant School District in Thornwood, New York, until she retired and moved to Wilmington in 1987.

She enjoyed golfing at The Cape; gardening; had a passion for all animals and the beach. Barbara’s pride was in her family and she wanted the best for all her children.

A funeral service will be held on May 11, 2010 at 10 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church. Her final resting place will be in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, New York.

Barbara requested that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Eastern North Carolina Chapter 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210, Raleigh, North Carolina 27609 in honor of her daughter, Shawn Adamec.

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  • April 27, 2010
    Sharon Spear says:
    Wonderful memories of mom, miss you, love Shar

  • April 29, 2010
    Marge Povelaites says:
    To the Byrnes Family: I have fond memories of your mom when I visited Hawthorne during my college years and whenever she came to Rochester. Hopefully she is resting peacefully after this past year. From The Povelaites family

  • May 03, 2010
    William J Spear says:
    Mom, You were the best mother-in-law a son-in-law could have. I will miss you greatly. Thank you for your daughter, the love of my life, Sharon. Peace and Love Bill

  • April 29, 2010
    Kathy Byrnes Canero says:
    Mom, you were always there for me with your subtle nurturing, unconditional love and guidance, I love you and hope you are at peace. I'm baking you a cake as I am writing this memory - you'll always be with me in my heart and its reflected in so many aspects of my life. Thank you.

  • May 20, 2010
    Janny says:
    Dearest Mom, I can only hope that you are in a better place now and know all the goodness you left behind. Your love, strength and kindess will live on in my heart forever. I will cherish all the memories you have left me and keep you in my heart always. Love you, Janny