Marie Byrd

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Marie Byrd passed away February 2, 2019. A visitation with family is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate her life of 90 years at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Neil Chapel at Carillon.

Marie Byrd was born on August 14, 1928, to Frank and Theresa Weil in Plainview, Texas. She was a very involved stay-at-home mother and farmer’s wife for 25 years in Petersburg and Kress Texas. In 1972 she began her journey as an independent single woman, working as a secretary for Pioneer Seed Company in Plainview before relocating to Lubbock. There she found her new home and life with the Electrical Engineering Department at Texas Tech. She was Administrative Secretary to Dr. Magne “Kris” Kristiansen in the internationally renowned Center for Pulsed Power & Electronics. She became the department’s conference coordinator and traveled to Russia, France, and Hawaii. In addition to organizing and assisting, she typed the conference proceeding papers, as well as numerous book manuscripts. She dearly loved her job and took great pride in driving various international visitors up to Kress to view the operations on her farm.

She received Distinguished Service Awards in 1987 & 1988 and Superior Service Awards in 1989 and 1991. Her proudest achievement at Tech was being named a “Top Techsan” in September 1994. Seeing her at half-time on the football field was equally a very proud moment for all her family. The citation for this award refers to her being introduced at a Russian Conference as the “Best Secretary in the World,” how she spoke “Texas” to the Europeans, and how Pulsed Power researchers worldwide referred to her as “Marie from Texas.”

She “officially” retired in February of 2008 after 30 years at Tech, stayed away for one month and then went back to work half-time. She loved working with her EE Family and continued to enjoy her season tickets for TTU Football and Men’s and Women’s Basketball until health concerns took her to Carillon in early 2009.

Survivors include her daughter, Dianne Hale and husband, Chris; sister, Pat Craddick and husband, Harold; son-in-law, Joe Reed; grandchildren, Amanda Reed Coley and husband, Casey; Ryan Reed and wife, Denise; Lindsey Hale Robertson and husband, Eric; Leah Byrd and Kody Byrd; great-grandchildren, Myles and Levi Coley; Jacob and Kaitlyn Reed; Jane, Ben and Emma Robertson.

She was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Theresa Weil; children, Cindy Reed, and Lyndon Byrd; siblings, Louise Witkowski, Bert, Leo, and Edward Weil.

Marie’s family would like to thank Sam West, Nancy Martin and the staff of Carillon Assisted Living for eight years of loving care and support. They also wish to thank Dr. K. Linton and the entire staff on 2 North in Carillon House for their exceptional care this past year.


The family of Marie Byrd would appreciate contributions in her memory to be given to the Scleroderma Foundation; the Alzheimer’s Association; the Carillon Foundation.


9 thoughts on “Marie Byrd”

  1. My heart goes out to you, Dianne, as you adjust to the loss of your mother while managing the necessary details! May our God bolster you all with courage and peace.

  2. Michael D Craddick

    Dianne my thoughts and preyers are with you and your family
    May God bless you and keep you going
    God Bless
    Michael D Craddt

  3. Marie was so good to me, and I have many fond memories of working with her on short course manuals, travel, lunches, conferences, holidays… well you get the idea. I have always missed her since I left Lubbock in 2004. My sincerest sympathy to the family.

  4. Simply the best. I have only fond memories of Mrs. Byrd. She loved her children’s friends and treated them like family. She raised some wonderful children to be fine adults. God rest her soul. Prayers and best wishes to you, Dianne.

  5. Marie was a very special person to me. I met her through my husband who was one of her ‘EE boys’. I worked my first IEEE Pulsed Power Conf. (PPC) with her in 1989 in Monterey, CA. From there she came and stayed with me during the IEEE 1991 PPC in San Diego and even came for a separate visit. She was so fun and taught me a lot about Texas cotton! I loved her Texas ‘drawl’ and she lit up a room the minute she walked in. I worked at Maxwell Laboratories with over a dozen of her ‘EE boys’ as she lovingly called each one of them. She never met a person she didn’t find something good ‘in ’em’. To her everyone had something special to offer. I had the privilege of visiting with her on several occasions when we would get back to Lubbock to visit. I would take her on errands and have lunch. She was an amazing person and my thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this time. Amanda (Mandy) Ness

  6. Aunt Marie was a vivacious, ready and willing kind of lady. Her enthusiasm for life was ever present. She was accomplished in everything that she did. We will have wonderful memories about and with her. Dianne, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you come to have the Peace that only our Lord can bring. May He bless you and be present to you during this difficult time.

  7. Linda (Laurie) Pardue

    Dianne, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was always so nice to us when we were at your home for cheerleader practices. And I remember one photo session at your home for the year book. Marie was a beautiful person. My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Aud Kristiansen

    Marie was a very special person and everyone instantly liked her. I used to introduce her as Kris’s other “wife”. She took care of him at Tech. A couple of times I called to apologize for something Kris said. Her answer “don’t worry, I can handle him”. Kris and the group really lucked out when M Hagler hired her.

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