Beth Byrne

Beth Byrne

printed 09.13.2019


Elizabeth Maria Garey Byrne, 68, of Newark, Delaware, passed away suddenly on Sept. 4, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Beth was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Gerard and Mabel Garey in 1951.

As a young girl, she studied the stars and dreamed of being an astronaut. Her family summered in Ocean City from her grade school years. She and her own family continued this tradition, enjoying much of the summer at the shore.

Beth attended Ursuline Academy and completed a B.A. in childhood education at the University of Delaware, followed by a certificate in special education after finishing 30 credits of graduate study in the field.

She worked as a special education teacher for more than 35 years in the Christiana School District.

She married John “JB” Byrne in 1975 and raised two children and was the proud grandmother of four “loves of her life.”

A teacher at heart, Beth gave a lifetime of lessons to her family, her friends and her children at school, whom she loved as her own. She taught not only reading, math and science, but love and kindness.

Like the sun and rain, her lessons nourish life. We can learn from them every day.

Beth is preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband who lives in Newark, Delaware; son, Brian and his wife, Dao Le of Manassas, Virginia; daughter, Tara and husband Nick, Hafycz; and grandchildren, Darian, Keela, Gerard and Joy, all of whom live in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania; sister, Patricia Garey of Wilmington, Delaware; brother, Gerard and his wife, Carole, of Ocean Pines, Maryland; and brother, Frank Garey and wife, Regan, of Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either UNICEF Kids in Need of Desks ( or Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund (

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