Edna Mae “Red” Nelson Byars

Edna Mae “Red” Nelson Byars passed away July 2, 2019. Edna was born Jan. 9, 1932, in Woodville, Okla., to Tom and Lesline Nelson. A lifetime resident of Marshall County, Edna was full of life and she lived it her own way. Well known for her fearless spirit, big heart and colorful personality, she was notorious for being a straight shooter, not holding back her opinion and telling it like it is.

Edna was a devoted homemaker with a nurturing soul and great sense of humor. She lived to take care of others and always made people around her laugh. A master at spades and dominoes, she enjoyed teaching others her “game secrets”. She liked listening to The Blues, working crossword puzzles, watching Maury Povich and reading romance novels. But above all other things, Edna treasured her family and friends and was fiercely protective of those she loved.

Edna leaves behind sons: Charles Byars (Mary) Houston, Texas; Clifton Byars (Frances) Madill, Okla.; Christopher Byars (Kecia) Studio City, Calif.; daughter: Marva Enriquez Sanger, Texas; sisters: Eather Hervey, Madill, Okla.; Ruth McKinney, Madill, Okla.; Carmen Kemp, Tishomingo, Okla.; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Tom Nelson and Lesline Bryant; husband: Charlie Byars; son: Carl Byars; brother: Wilmer (Bill) Nelson; sister: Bernice Watson and grandson: Austin Bryant “AB” Byars.

Her courage, generosity, and resilience will be missed by many.

Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Watts Memorial Chapel in Madill, Okla. Darren Benson and Randel Dunn will officiate the service. Interment will be at the Woodberry-Forest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Dexter Fields, Chad Roberts, Charles Don Byars, Charles “Chas” Byars, Carl Donte Byars, Robert Barnes, Reggie Barnes, Win Shelton, Ford Shelton, and Cooper Shelton.

Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Madill, Okla. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.

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