Ina Mae Byrum
January 20, 1933 – September 24, 2015
Memorial services for Ina Mae will be held on Friday, October 2 at Frye Chapel in Brawley at 10:00 A.M. followed by a private internment.
Ina Mae Byrum passed into the presence of the Lord on September 24. Ina Mae was born in Brawley on January 20, 1933 to Eva Corrine and Pearlie Martin. She grew up in Brawley attending the local elementary schools. She was always proud of her achievement of winning the speech contest in 8th grade at Barbara Worth Junior High school for her recitation of the Gettysburg Address. She graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1951.
Ina Mae and her husband, Norm, had two lovely daughters who also grew up in Brawley. Ina Mae was a devoted wife, mother, friend and supporter of her community. She was a former president of the local PTA and was a Girl Scout leader for her neighborhood Brownie group. She helped found D.O.V.E.S (Donors of Valley Endeavors) and was a dedicated member of the Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary, spending thousands of hours in service over 50 years. She was also a sister in PEO and a long time member of Brawley’s First Presbyterian Church. Ina Mae was a spirited supporter of all things Brawley, participating in many community events and civic functions. She and Norm enjoyed traveling together to places such as England, Mexico City, Hawaii, Italy, Canada and all across the USA. She enjoyed many trips with Norm by her side and while she loved to travel, she was always glad to return to her home town, friends and family. Ina Mae loved working in her backyard garden and enjoyed drying and pressing flowers which she used for her framed artwork.
Ina Mae is preceded in death by her brother, Victor Martin and niece Pam Martin Duran.
Ina Mae is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Norm Byrum; daughters Sherri Wuytens (Ken), Valeri Kruska (Randy); grandchildren Troy Wuytens (Meghan), Ashley Mendibles (Josh) and Dylan Kruska (Kim); great grandchildren Amelia, Emma, Eva and Ryder; sister Jeanie Morrow (Murray); nieces Dana, Leslie, Stephanie; nephews Tony, Andrew and Patrick. Ina Mae is also survived by many family members in the Carolina’s.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Brawley or Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital Woman’s Auxiliary.