Nola (Jean) Byers

Our family wishes to share the loss of a very important part of our earthly family, Nola (Jean) Byers. She was born January 22, 1949 in Roane County, W.V. to Noil and Virginia (Parsons) Pickens. She is survived by her husband of 49 years Robert Byers, her five daughters Christina Amash (Roland) of Marietta, OH, Sherrie Noll of West Union, WV, Amy Becker (Jason) of Marietta, OH, Susan Lang (Tim) of Marietta, OH and Anna Byers of Parkersburg, WV. She leaves behind seven grandsons, two granddaughters, one great granddaughter, two great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews. Jean is also survived by three brothers David Pickens (Mona) of Evans, WV, John Pickens (Beth) of Angier, NC, Jim Pickens (Kelly) of Spencer, WV and one sister Deborah Johnson (Bruce) of Colby, KA along with several cousins and friends.

Jean was a devoted and loving wife and mother. She gave herself to her family with all of her being making them her foremost concern. Her arms were always open with a hug as needed, her heart understood when they needed a friend, her gentle caring eyes were stern when they needed a lesson, her strength and love will continue to guide them through their lives.

Jean earned two degrees in Social Work from Washington State Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Counseling from the University of Cincinnati. Afterwards she worked for Washington County Mental Health for a short time before quitting to care for her mother until her death.

Jean took time to love others. Her life focus was on what others did right and not wrong, and to be kind to all who came her way and to show interest in their lives. In short, she was devoted to helping others. She fulfilled the desire God placed in her heart in her ministry as a pastor’s wife for 25 years and later with people with special needs and addictions. Her parting wish to family and friends is to remember her in happier times and to meet her one day in Heaven.

“In God’s care, your rest above, in our hearts you rest with love.” – unknown author.

Jean believed that God is in complete control. At the end of her life she was blessed to know, “I Nola Jean Byers have finished the puzzle, I fulfilled my destiny. God put together all the pieces and made me whole.” – unknown author.

‘I looked behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too – your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful – I can’t take it all in.” – Psalm 139: 5, 6.

The funeral service will be 1:00 pm Friday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, WV with Pastors Todd Hill and Larry Dale officiating. Burial will be at Parkersburg Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 on Thursday and for one hour prior to the service on Friday.

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