Jeannette Palmer Byars

Jeannette Palmer Byars
Jeannette Palmer Byars

Jeannette Palmer Byars, 89, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019.

Graveside services will be attended by the family prior to the Memorial Life Celebration, which will be at 3:00 pm Wednesday, March 13, in the Parlor of Park Place Towers Retirement Center, 1300 South Harrison.  Officiants will be Kevin Clowe, Park Central Chaplain and Barry Peterson,  both special friends of Jeannette.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Boulevard.

Jeannette was born to George Alfred Palmer and Erma Thelma Greenway Palmer on October 16, 1929, in Hamlin, TX. Before her first birthday, she moved northwest with her parents and older brother George in a covered wagon to Plainview, TX.

It was love at first sight when Duane Baylor Byars stopped his car to pick up a dark-haired beauty walking down the street in Plainview.  Jeannette and Duane were married December 31, 1947, in Plainview, while both were students at WTSU.

Shortly after marrying, the young couple moved to California, where the former WTSU football standout became an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams.  Two years later they returned to Canyon with daughter Kathy for Duane to complete his degree.  Then the threesome embarked on a tour of the Texas Panhandle, making friends everywhere they lived while Duane coached and taught in Groom, Perryton and Kress. A second daughter, Susan, was born in Plainview and third daughter, Karen was born in Amarillo.

After moving to Amarillo in 1959, Duane sold life insurance and Jeannette created a home filled with her daughters’ friends, always had a new craft underway, cards with her Bridge club and dominoes with Duane and his sister at least once a week.

As the girls grew up, Jeannette served faithfully in the PTA, for which she was named a Lifetime member after serving as President of the Amarillo Area Council PTA.  She also was a Girl Scout leader for many years for her daughters and a loyal member of Beta Sigma Phi.

To many in the CB radio world, she was “Mama Bubbles”, keeping up with her daughters’ friends, helping those in need and making many new friends. She was an arts and crafts queen, a skill which truly blossomed when Duane and Jeannette moved to Lake Tanglewood in 1982.  Flags that still line the bridge at the lake on the Fourth of July, are a testament to Jeannette’s love of decorating for every occasion.

She and Duane were early members of Paramount Baptist Church and later Lake Tanglewood Community Church. After moving to Park Place, she faithfully attended Sunday services.  She especially enjoyed her Sunday School Class led by Barry Peterson, Bible Study with Byron Williamson, and music by Kevin Clowe.

Jeannette and Duane were married 48 years.  He passed away March 30, 1995.

Survivors include daughter Kathy Jordan and husband Lewis, of Dimmitt, TX; Susan Esler and husband Clint, of Amarillo, TX; and Karen Byars of Ukiah, CA; granddaughter Kaki Clifton and husband Canyon, and grandson Eddie – all of Amarillo and step-grandaughters Marla Wright and Shae Rodriguez of Tahoka, TX; and great-grandchildren Claire, Creek and Crew Clifton, of Amarillo.

Memorials can be made to a favorite charity.

7 Replies to “Jeannette Palmer Byars”

  1. Our family moved to Amarillo in the Fall of 1969, and the Byar’s family was one of the first families that we met. Mom dearly loved Jeannette’s fun personality.

    I went to see my Dad who still lives on Wayne Street just this past week, and I have fond memories of the neighbors that we grew up with.

    Karen and Susan, my prayers are with you!

  2. Karen and I have been friends since I was 10 years old. Mrs. Byars was our blocks most fun mom. She always came up with the best art projects ever! It didn’t matter if we were messy doing the projects as long as we helped clean up afterwards. Karen had her moms artistry. They were and are so gifted with rhe beauty in our world. Mrs. Byars was just always enthused with us and for us. She truly will be missed by all… I love the fact that Karen will still carry on the art.

  3. Why an amazing woman…such a celebration of life through her work and family. Feeling honored to be connected through her one of my most treasured mentors, her daughter Karen.

  4. I got to know Jeanette when I moved to Park Place Towers. We became good friends and has meals together almost every day while at Park Place. When she moved to Moore we still visited each other and would eat at the Grill together often. I will miss her very much.

  5. Jennette’s daughter, Kathy, has been my lifelong friend since junior high school. Jeanette was like a second mother to me and always had a smile and a laugh on her face. I spent a lot of time at their house when we were growing up, and Jeanette was always a lot of fun to be around. She will be missed a lot.

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