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“Upon visiting my hometown, I asked where Amy was. Then I was advised of her demise. So very sorry I didn't know and couldn't be there for you. We...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Barb Skidmore - Tellico Plains, TN

“Brett and Family,I know that this is a very difficult time. It's never easy to lose someone you love but God promises us that we will see our loved...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: margot w - midlothian, VA

“I didn't know this sweet lady bit a glimmer in her eye called out to me to say. I am with you my children, my husband I am your Angel now I am OK I...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Bobby Crittenden - Wasilla, AK

“I loved Amy.She was my second Mom. She and My Mother Lynn, raised five kids in when times were bleak. She taught me grace, strenghth, if you were...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Melanie Delphia-Salisbury - NY

“You will forever be missed and loved!! Fly high sweet Amy!! May God bless your family!!! ”
5 of 26 | Posted by: Diana Whitt - Princeton, WV

“I am so sorry for your loss. Amy was a very sweet woman, I enjoyed working with her and know how much she will be missed. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Debbie Donald - Dublin, VA

“You will be missed. Now you will wave and say hi to me from Heaven, instead of from across the street. God has received another Angel. Prayers for...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Nicole Riley-Andrews - Narrows, VA

“I really hate this, Amy was a very nice person and would give you the shirt off her own back if you needed it. She was always so caring. You will...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Keri Johnson - Princeton, WV

“Amy, you were the most giving person I've every known. I am very thankful that you were my best friend when you lived in Powhatan. I've missed you...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Linardos - Powhatan, VA

“When I saw you at work I could tell by your sweetness & care what a special person you were. I will greatly miss you. Love, Sandy ”
10 of 26 | Posted by: Sandy Guy - Christiansburg

“To Amy's family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Amy will be missed greatly, she was such a sweet and caring person. We would cross paths...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Barry & Beverly Guynn - VA

“Dear Katie, Marcus , an family. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you. May God bless you, comfort you an watch over you in this time of sorrow. Please...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Theresa Cook - Hinton, WV

“Hard to see someones light go out before their time... ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Eric Palmer - Pearisburg, VA

“So sorry for your loss; so tragic. She was a wonderful person; she will be missed. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Phyllis Echols - Christiansburg

“I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Amy. She was one of the most kind and caring people that I've ever met. She went an extra mile to help...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Brenda Woods - Christiansburg, VA

“I did not personally know Amy but I am so very sorry for you alls loss. This is so sad and I just can't say how sorry I am and I know words won't...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Pamela Tickle - Narrows, VA

“Prayers of comfort and peace ”
17 of 26 | Posted by: Jacquie Graham - christiansburg, VA

“Sorry to hear about Amy's death. All of the family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 26 | Posted by: Bobbie Weiss-hare - Narrows, VA

“Will miss seeing Amy and talking with herp ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Juie Martin - Narrows, VA

“So sorry Katie and Levi for your loss. I didn't find out about it until today. Will be praying for the family. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: Phyllis massey - Stites, ID

“To Family and Friends, I do not know this lovely lady, but read with great heartache of her passing. A relative is employed nearby, and shared with...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Teresa Biggs - Spencer, VA

“I am so sorry to hear about my former classmate, Amy. I have fond memories of our high school days. I remember her sweet personality and friendly...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Marilyn Ratcliffe Echols - VA

“Dear Amy-I remember our first year in elementary school. You & I sat next to each other at our little table & became friends. We laughed & played...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Margaret Williams - Alexandria, VA

“To all of Amy's family,I knew Amy for only a few years but found her to be just as loving, patient and kind as you describe. She left us much too...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Margaret Cunningham - VA

“Amy was such a sweet, friendly lady. I remember when she used to come to Cornerstone with her precious dad, Marshall and her two children. Every time...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Terri Patteson - Narrows, VA

“I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. I'm thinking of all of you during this difficult time. My prayers are for peace and wonderful memories to...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Ellen Hill

Amy Byrd Shrader, or Amy T Byrd as she was known to many, was taken from us much too soon on January 6, 2017. She was born to Marshall Allen Coburn and Millie Lucas Coburn on September 3, 1958. She is with those that had preceded her, in the arms of her father, loving her son Marshall Lee Thurber, greeting her uncle Harry Tabor, finally catching up with her best friend Sherrie Lynn Atwell.

She graduated from Narrows High School in 1976, and said of the adventures that ensued, that she was "Drunk on freedom first." She attended New River Community College, and worked at the Virginia Tech library. She worked for and Aetna Life and Casualty for 17 years and managed to be one of the first to implement working from home as a back injury made mobility difficult. She graduated from National College with high honors in 2012, with a degree in Medical Assisting and in Administration & Business.

She will be deeply missed by all that knew her in their day to day life, as her patient words and courteous greeting were her trademark. Her focus was on problem solving, and she would help you in any way she could. Her love was of family and all of the adventures therein were precious memories to be retold over and over again.

A mother, a sister, a mimi, an aunt, and a friend who took all words to heart, and bade all to look with God's wisdom on all events so that we may better understand His plan, who we all look forward to seeing again.
She is survived by her children Marcus and Katie and her husband Brett; grandchildren Keegan, Kaleb, Levi, Devin and Evelyn; also her sister, Debbie Coburn; her niece, Samantha Dowling; great-niece Skylar Dowling; her brothers, Robbie Coburn, and Barry Coburn, his wife Leslie Coburn, and niece Sara Beth Coburn; also her daughter in law, Nicole Byrd, and the beloved class of 1976.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe's funeral Service Thursday from 6 to 8 PM.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at