ARCOLA – Sonja J. Byard, 73, of Arcola passed away surrounded by her family at 3:45 a.m. Sunday (Dec. 30, 2012) at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Edwards Funeral Home, 221 E. Main St., Arcola. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Monticello Cemetery.
Sonja was born July 18, 1939, in Monticello. She was the daughter of Melvin Eugene and Opal Katherine (Peterson) Wimer. She married Kenneth Lee "Snoopy" Byard on Oct. 28, 1965, in Brunswick, Ga. He passed away on Dec. 22, 2008.
She is survived by five children, Terry Lawson and his wife, Jill, of Bement, Michael Lawson and his wife, Joan, of Monticello, Debbie Sisk, Kenneth "Ken" Byard and his wife, Nancy, and Kevin Byard and his wife, April, all of Arcola; one brother, Albert Wimer and his wife, Roseann, of Shelbyville; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Sonja owned and operated "Snoopy's 45" in Arcola with her husband. She worked at AFSI of Champaign and retired after 15 years. She also worked later at Masterbrand of Arthur.
Being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grand mother is what really mattered most to Sonja. She loved playing with her grandchildren and watching them play sports and was known as "GG" to her great-grandchildren. She loved to garden, watch the Dallas Cowboys, and NASCAR. Anyone who ever knew her knew of her love and devotion to the dolphin.
Memorials may be made to the Douglas County Animal Shelter.