Pamela Truscott Byrne, 57, Knoxville, Md., died Saturday June 7, 2008, at her home from complications of Lyme disease.
She was born March 19, 1951, in Newport News, Va. She grew up in Birmingham, Ohio, lived in Maryland for 24 years and wintered in Cape Coral, Fla. At an early age, she was fascinated with plants and animals and was a talented artist. She graduated from Ohio State University.
She worked as an agriculturalist for the United States Department of Agriculture for 33 years and retired in 2006. She was one of the first women hired by the USDA in 1973 and worked in Florida, North Carolina, Hawaii, Africa, Holland, and for the USDA training center in Frederick, Md., as an instructor for many years. She enjoyed gardening and had seven flower gardens and a large vegetable garden.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Tom Byrne; mother, Estelle Truscott; sisters, Gail Truscott, Page Wichman and Helen Miller; one niece and three nephews; stepdaughters, Jennifer Keim of North Hampton, Pa., Elizabeth Smith of Odell, Ill., and Emily Johnson of Clifton Park, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Starr Truscott, in 2007.
Friends may call from noon, Wednesday, until memorial service at 1 p.m. in Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion; the Rev. Carol Rettew, pastor of Bay Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Birmingham Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent at riddlefuneralhome.com.