December 20, 1958 – July 11, 2017
It is with great sadness the family of Debbie Byra, nee Hague, announces her passing after a long battle with cancer. Debbie was born in Calgary, Alberta on December 20, 1958 to Sam Audrey Hague. She grew up in Castlegar, BC, where her family raised horses.
An accomplished horsewoman, Debbie received numerous competition ribbons. Throughout her childhood and into her adolescence, Debbie excelled at track and field, winning many competitions and qualifying for provincials. In her teen years, the boy next door stole her heart, and Debbie married Leo Byra in 1977. With her husband by her side they built a beautiful life together. In the early 90’s, Debbie and Leo risked it all to open a small locksmith business, which they built up for 26 years. In recent years, Debbie discovered a love of golf and spent every spare moment on the golf course with Leo.
In 2015, Debbie was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Deb and Leo worked together, played together, and fought cancer together. Leo refused to accept the diagnosis, and spent countless hours researching better options. Through natural medicines, Leo extended Debbie’s life, and gave her the quality of life she needed to fight the terrible disease with grace and courage. Debbie lost her fight with cancer on July 11, 2017 at 58 years old.
Debbie leaves behind her devoted husband Leo, her father Sam, children Joshua and Colleen (Ian), brother Dan (Lynn), grandson Mason as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Audrey.
A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Trail, BC on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:30 am.
Refreshments to follow at 1:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #170, 428 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Debbie’s memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Canada.
Castlegar Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.Print Obituary & Condolences