Aida Byrd, a 50-year Ridgecrest resident, passed away Thursday, November 23rd in Santa Clarita, CA, at the age of 79.
Born in 1938 to Frank and Mary Ramos, in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Los Angeles.
In January 1959 Aida met Lawrence Byrd, marrying in August 1959. Their 58 year marriage included stops in Alaska and San Jose, CA, before settling in Ridgecrest in 1967.
Along with her husband, Aida is survived by daughters Teri Bachman(Tim), Laurie Wagner(Ralph), Roberta and Darlene McGonagle(Mike); sons Larry, Joe (Kathy), Andrew (Deonne) and Gene.
Aida had 20 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
She is also survived by siblings John, Maryann and Tina. She was preceded in death by brothers Frank and Tony.
Aida’s community activities included over 10 years teaching CCD at All Faith Chapel, volunteering with IWV Little League, Youth Football and Burros Boosters. She was also a Brownie Troop Leader. She received an Outstanding Service Award from the Sierra Sands PTA in 1985.
She worked many years at Sierra Sands Unified School District as a Teacher’s Aide and at Homemaker Service of IWV. After retiring she continued to volunteer, driving seniors to out-of-town appointments.
She kept track of life’s events in annual calendars, keeping in touch with loved ones, acknowledging hundreds of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations and births with a card. Her annual Christmas card list eventually grew to over 100.
Services are on Saturday, December 16th, at 11:00 am in St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Ridgecrest.