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Wife of Robert Byrd Dies

Old 03-26-06, 08:54 PM
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Wife of Robert Byrd Dies

Senator Robert C. Byrd and his wife Erma Ora James have been a fixture in West Virginia politics for more that 50 years.

Saturday, the Senator's office announced Mrs. Byrd died just before 8 p.m. after battling a long illness. Senator Byrd and other members of the family were with Mrs. Byrd at the time of her death. The daughter of a coal miner, Mrs. Byrd met the Senator while both were grade school students in Raleigh County. The couple was married 68 years.

Those closest to Mrs. Byrd say she never sought the limelight. She is survived by her husband the Senator, two daughters, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Byrd will be Sunday.

Erma Ora James Byrd was 88.

Senator Jay D. Rockefeller released this statement regarding the death of Mrs. Erma James Byrd:

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Erma Byrd this evening. For nearly 69 years, Erma stood by her husband's side. She was an ever present and constant source of support for Senator Byrd in public and in private. Never a day went by that she didn't share in his joy and honor to serve the great people of West Virginia. Erma truly was God's gift to Senator Byrd and now she will keep watch over him from heaven. Sharon and I, and our entire family, mourn Erma's passing, and we join all West Virginians in praying for the Byrd family."
The rest of the article at the link just deals with Byrd cancelling an appearance in Parkersburg.
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Old 03-27-06, 06:39 AM
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69 years? Wow.

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