Maria Pless Byrd

Mar 17, 2017

Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother


WAYNESVILLE — Maria Byrd, 51, passed away surrounded by family, at Haywood Regional Medical Center after a brief illness, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

She is proceeded in death by her parents: Thomas and Mary Frady Pless and her brother, Eugene Lenoir Pless.

Maria is survived by her loving husband, together for over 30 years, Kenneth Byrd, three daughters: Angela Oliver (Steven Galloway) of Brevard, Kimberly (Waylon) Hawes of Sylva, and Brittney Byrd of the home; a special daughter, Alysa Stevens of Georgia; one brother, Wayne (Debbie) Pless of Waynesville; mother-in-law, Betty Byrd; a sister-in-law, Katy Pless; two brother-in-law’s, Charlie (Tasha) Byrd, and Gary (Wanda) Byrd; along with three grandchildren, Elijah, Jeremiah, Amber and many friends.

Maria was a wonderful crafter who enjoyed making wreaths and designing flowers.  Her hobbies also included: reading and baking. Above all, Maria, loved her family, cherishing her children and grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Smoky Mountain Chapel with the Rev. Tim Lolley officiating.  The family received friends prior to the service from 12 until 2 p.m. Burial followed services at Dawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

At all other times, family will receive friends at the home.

Memorial may be made in Maria’s name to Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service, 3264 Broad Street, Clyde, NC 28721.

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at