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Luella Byam

January 24, 2019

Luella Byam

Oct. 18, 1924 -- Jan. 16, 2019

Luella Byam, 94, of David City, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Villa in David City.

Funeral Service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Kracl Funeral Chapel in David City, with the Rev. Robert Henre officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and will continue from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Committal will be in the David City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the David City Senior Center.

Luella Byam (Grubaugh) was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Butler County, to Richard and Edna (Smith) Grubaugh. She attended David City Schools, graduating from David City High School in 1941. She worked in the David City area for Coast to Coast, and Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph. On Feb. 25, 1953, she married Donald Byam, and they lived in the Ulysses area, moving to Lincoln in 1955. They returned to Ulysses, and in 1967 moved to David City where they raised their three sons. Luella returned to the workforce after her boys grew up and worked at Henningson Foods and D and L in Columbus, retiring in 1987. She loved gardening, raising flowers, sewing and volunteering. Luella especially loved assisting the elderly, volunteering at David Place and the David City Senior Center.

Luella is survived by two sons, Randy Byam of Owatonna, Minnesota, and Mark and his wife Jennifer Byam of Peoria, Arizona; four grandchildren, Jacqulen, Brandon, Serenidy and Draygen; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marlis Alderman of Wahoo; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; son, Myron; sisters, Fern Grubaugh, Rella and her husband Russell Babcock; brothers, Howard, Everett, Harold, Elmer and an infant brother, as well as in-laws Dean and Dorothy Byam and Lillian and Gene Hormel.

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