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Penelope Byars

No services will be held for Penelope “Penny” Terry Byars. Ms. Byars passed away May 20. She was 93.

Ms. Byars was born June 2, 1913, in Glendale. She grew up around Tujunga.

She was a resident of Grass Valley for 45 years, 27 of which she worked as a bookkeeper for Hills Flat Lumber Co.



Ms. Byars resided on Squirrel Creek Road for many years and named her property the “Squirrel Cage.” She fed the squirrels, all kinds of birds, her cats and any strays that appeared from time to time. She also fed raccoons, who enjoyed the free food.

Ms. Byars loved the flowers and trees in her beautiful garden. She was happiest when she was up and about cleaning and raking the pine needles in her yard.




She threw parties once a month, which were held in her ballroom and featured lots of fun and dancing.

Ms. Byars was a member of Parents without Partners, the Clampers, the Sierra Singles and Native Daughters of the Golden West, Manzanita Parlor # 29.

Ms. Byars is survived by step-daughters Kathy Holland, of Bedford, Texas, Yvonne Bean, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Sandy Perkins, of Placentia. She was the last of the Terry line as she was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael Joseph Terry and James Terry; and sisters Patsy and Helen Hood.

Ms. Byars will be missed by her many nieces and nephews and all her family and friends in Grass Valley and all over the United States.

She asked that her family remember her vitality and spirit.


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