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Nelma Byriel

October 24, 1939 - June 10, 2024
From: Lytton, IA
Nelma Byriel

Nelma Byriel

Born: October 24, 1939
Died: June 10, 2024
Age: 84
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   Nelma Byriel, age 84 of Lytton, IA, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2024, at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA. Nelma Lucille Davis was born on October 24, 1939, in Wrenshall, MN, to parents Howard and Lillian (Abbott) Davis. Nelma was baptized at the Lutheran Church in Wrenshall in 1939. She and her family lived in Wrenshall where she attended Carlton-Esko grade school. They later moved to Sac City where Nelma attended school, graduating with the class of 1957 from Sac City High School. She and her family were members of Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton where Nelma was confirmed in 1963.
   On June 17, 1959, Nelma married the love of her life, Ellis “Red” Byriel at Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with four children: Bruce, Bart, Brenda, and Brian. Outside of being a mother and wife, over the years Nelma was employed at Jerry’s Super Value, Arthuads, Ben Franklin, and Marjo’s, all in Sac City. She also sold Avon for many years. Nelma was very active in her church serving on the church council and alter and funeral committees. She also took part in quilting for World Relief through her church.
   Nelma cherished spending time with her family. She kept busy attending her children and later on grandchildren’s activities. She also enjoyed bowling and played in the local women’s bowling league for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed oil painting, playing cards, working on puzzles, shopping, and loved taking care of her flowers every spring and summer. Nelma loved jewelry and was almost always adorned in it. She was active in the Ravishing Red Hats ladie’s group and the After 5 organization in Sac City, both of which she always looked forward to attending.
   Nelma and Red were always together. They enjoyed riding the motorcycle and loved being at each other’s side. They were truly the best of friends and their love for one another was evident. Nelma will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew and loved her.
   Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Ellis “Red” Byriel; children Bruce (Tracie) Byriel of Colfax, LA, Bart (Barbara) Byriel of Estherville, IA, and Brenda (Randy) Martin of Nixa, MO; sister In-law Ramona Davis of Lakeville, MN; grandchildren: Brad Joy, Corey (Julie) Joy, Jessica (Jeremy) Byriel; great-grandchildren: Ivy, Kaden, and Karliegh Joy, McKenzie and Maverick Joy, and Keaton, Jace, and Wyatt Jeseritz; many nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.
   Nelma was preceded in death by four-year-old son, Brian Carl Byriel; parents Howard and Lillian Davis; sisters Maxine Cook, Donnabell Kilpela, Luella Zimmer, and Burnice Mandernach; brother Marvin Davis; parents-in-law Kenneth and Lorraine Byriel; brother-in-law Carl Byriel; sister-in-law Marilyn Cates; nephew Lance Mandernach; and niece Lorri Thomsen.


Memorial Service
10:30 a.m., Saturday
June 15, 2024
Emanuel St. John Lutheran Church
Lytton, Iowa
Reverend Ben Worley
5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday
June 14, 2024
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

St. John Lutheran Cemetery
Lytton, Iowa


Tuesday, June 25, 2024 at 12:07 PM
“I just heard of Nelma's passing!! I am so sorry ! Sending hugs and prayers for peace! Nelma was always so happy, friendly and cheerful! My sympathy to Red, Bruce, Bart, Brenda and friends and relatives!! She was such a nice person!!! She will be missed by many!!”
- Carol (Helmbrecht) Woods
Monday, June 24, 2024 at 2:01 PM
“Red and Family. My deepest condolences .”
- Anthony Holm
Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 2:24 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I always enjoyed talking to Nelma. She was a pretty sassy lady, always friendly!”
- Sandi Huster
Monday, June 17, 2024 at 12:46 PM
“My sincere condolences to all the family. Nelma always had a smile for everyone. She was a very special person. Thoughts and prayers for the family”
- Linda Love Henson
Monday, June 17, 2024 at 9:13 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Nelma. I wish l could have been there. I had so much fun playing cards with her. ”
- Mary Klindt
Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 12:41 PM
- Christina Wilkerson (Chrissy Nelson)
Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 12:41 PM
“Dear Red and family, I am sorry for your loss! She was so kind, funny, and creative. I remember she took such care with her home and I was always envious of Brenda's cute clothes she sewed for her! ”
Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8:07 AM
“Our prayers of comfort to you Red and to your family. We always loved seeing her smile. ”
- Arlyn and Virginia Hillmer
Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8:07 AM
“Red, Bruce, Bart & Brenda ~~ You have my deepest sympathy. Nelma always had a smile on her face & earrings in her ears! Nelma grew up in Wrenshall & Clayton in Carlton ~ the two towns were 4 miles from each other. I loved to listen to the two of them talk about the area & people that they both knew. Heaven gained a special angel on Monday. ”
- Kim & Clayton Fjerstad
Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8:07 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to the Byriel family. ”
- Gary & Sherry Jeseritz
Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 8:07 AM
“Our Deepest Sympathy to you Red and the Byriel family. So sorry. I will tell Glenn. ”
- Brian Byriel
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 3:50 PM
“So sorry to learn of her passing, our deepest condolences to Red and families. Bella was always such a joy to visit with. A warm and ready ,smile she will be missed.”
- Jean Rexroat
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 1:38 PM
“Prayers for the family, Nelma will missed immensely!”
- Darwin Meyers
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 12:32 PM
“Red and family... my condolences on the passing of Nelma. Always such a cheerful woman ”
- Mary Meyers
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 11:27 AM
“We will certainly miss Nelma at our Tuesday morning coffee chats. She was such a charming lady and so nice to talk to. Always upbeat and never complained. Sympathies to you, Red, and family.”
- Diane Kreft
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 10:47 AM
“Red and family we are so sorry for your loss, she was always a positive person, and joyful. She will be missed. ”
- Nolan & Mari Kreft
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 10:06 AM
“My sincere sympathy to red and family she was a great lady”
- Ed daisy
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:56 AM
“Our deepest sympathies. Nelma was a great lady. Always a smile on her face. She will be missed.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:56 AM
“Sorry to hear about Nelma, you all have my deepest sympathy. She was a great lady and always enjoyed visiting with her and red”
- Dale Pierce
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:56 AM
“Red & family, sending sincere sympathy & prayers for all of you. Nelma was the sweetest gal & will be missed by so many as well her loving family. She was so easy to visit with. Thinking of you! Fran”
- Fran Lawson
Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 8:56 AM
“I am sorry to hear about Nelma - she was a great lady, ready to bowl. My best to you Red.”
- Lee Mahler
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 5:34 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Red and family!”
- LaVonne Hillmer Cleland Schultz
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 1:31 PM
“Oh how we missed Nelma at coffee this morning. My sincere sympathy to Red and all the family. Marlene”
- Marlene Glasnapp
Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 1:05 PM
“So sorry to hear!! She was such a fun lady. Love and hugs and prayers. Betty. ”
- Betty Luckow
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