In Memory of Pamela Truscott Byrne

Pamela Truscott Byrne, 57

June 13, 2008 

KNOXVILLE, MD. -- Pamela Truscott Byrne, 57, died Saturday, June 7th, 2008, at her home in Knoxville, MD, from complications of Lyme disease. 

She was born March 19, 1951, in Newport News, Va. She grew up in Birmingham; lived in Maryland for 24 years and wintered in Cape Coral, Fla. At an early age, she was fascinated by plants and animals and was also a talented artist. She graduated from Ohio State University.

She worked as an agriculturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture for 33 years and retired in 2006. She was one of the first women hired by the USDA in 1973 and worked in Florida, North Carolina, Hawaii, Africa, Holland, and for the USDA training center in Frederick, Maryland as an instructor for many years. She enjoyed gardening and had seven flower gardens and a large vegetable garden.

Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Tom Byrne, her mother, Estelle Truscott; sisters Gail Truscott, Page Wichman, Helen Miller; one niece and three nephews; step daughters, Jennifer Keim of North Hampton, PA, Elizabeth Smith of Odell, IL, Emily Johnson of Clifton Park, NY; and 8 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Starr Truscott in 2007.

Friends may call Wednesday June 18th from 12:00 until the time of a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion. Reverend Carol Rettew, pastor of the Bay Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Birmingham Cemetery, Ohio.

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