---- — Mary Patricia Byous, 63, Kokomo, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at the St. Vincent Health System, Indianapolis. She was born March 13, 1950, in Kokomo, to the late Richard and Mildred (Condo) Stoeckinger.
Mary graduated from Maconaquah High School, then later continued her education with a degree from Indiana University Kokomo. Mary married Rickey Dale Byous on Dec. 15, 1985, and was just recently widowed in February. Mary worked for General Motors at both Delphi and Delco for a total of 36 years. She retired as a supervisor. Mary also worked alongside her husband at Noah’s Ark Pet Store in Kokomo. After retiring, she worked at Honey Bear Hollow Campground in Peru. She was very passionate about supporting charities for Riley Hospital. Mary involved herself in several hobbies, including sewing, stained glass, latch hook, cross stitching, gardening, landscaping, mowing and maintaining the lawn.
Mary is survived by her children, Rickey Adam Byous, Melissa Renae Lindsey, Michael Ryan Byous, Stacy Ann (Jeremy Foltz) Byous and John Thomas (Amanda) Byous; grandchildren, Jasmine Nicole Height, Katelyn Michelle Cauthern, Brian Paul Cauthern, Timothy Dale Cauthern, Juliet May Foltz, Jordan Liam “Tree” Foltz, Kristina Marie Byous, John Thomas Byous Jr. and Samantha Kay Byous; brother, John “Bill” Stoeckinger; many cousins; and close family friend, the Rev. Junior Melton.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, April Eve Byous and Debbie Jean Byous; and grandchild, Joshua Wayne “Pooh Bear” Height.
There will be a Mass of Christian burial for Mary at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1229 N. Washington St., at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Father Michael McKinley celebrating. Following the Mass, we will be taking Mary to Albright Cemetery, Kokomo. All of Mary’s friends and family are welcome to join together for a time of visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. There will be a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.
Contributions in Mary’s memory can be directed to Guardian Angel Hospice, with envelopes available at the mortuary. You are invited to read Mary’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message, or order flowers for the family. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., assisted the family with arrangements.