Gail Kathleen Byers
Feb. 6, 1943 – Sept. 12, 2015

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Gail Byers (nee Hanna) at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, after a two-year battle with cancer, on Sat., Sep. 12, 2015. She was 72.
Gail was born in Cornwall to the late Kenneth and Della Hanna. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Edsel Byers, and her four children: Laurie (Frank Scheepers), Randy Byers (Lisa St. Pierre), AJ Byers, and Dan (Crystal) Byers. Grandma Gail will be greatly missed by her 12 grandchildren: Cassidy, Madison, Abbie, Dylan, Katie, Erica, Michael, Elliot, Jillian, Kurtis, Lauren, and Charlotte. They all loved her so very much. Gail was the dear sister of Dawn (the late Gerry) Loveless, and Audrey (the late Charles) Graziano, and was predeceased by her brothers, Fraser (Doris), twin Garry (Kaye), and Daryl (Doris). She was a loving aunt and cousin to many. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces and nephews, and the extended Byers family.
Gail was very proud of her children and grandchildren — she had pictures of them everywhere in her home. She loved nothing more than to cook and bake for her family when they came to visit.
Her cat, Bailey, was a constant companion who usually snuggled up beside Gail after her chemotherapy treatments.
The family would like to sincerely thank the Second floor staff at WDMH for their care and compassion during this difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Naciuk, and the cancer team at the Ottawa General Hospital.
The family received friends at the Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836) on Tues., Sept. 15. The funeral service was held at Winchester United Church on Wed., Sept. 16 at 1:30 pm, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were Kevin Hanna, Carter Hanna, Dylan Byers, Donald MacLean, Blair Hutchinson, and Gordon Mercer.
The family would be grateful for any donation made in memory of Gail to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation ( or the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre (
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