Blanch Helen Aldridge Byrd, age 88, of 140 R.J. Aldridge Road, Banner Elk, passed away Wednesday morning, at Watauga Medical Center.

Mrs. Byrd was born March 6, 1926 in the Foscoe Community, a daughter of the late Roy and Gladie Aldridge. She was homemaker and a member of Watauga Baptist Church.

Mrs. Byrd is survived by her husband of 68 years, Howard A. Byrd; two daughters, Janet McLean and husband Bruce of the Grandfather Community, and Vanessa Church of Wilkesboro; one son, Kim Byrd and wife Linda of Boone; six grandsons, Tracy McLean, Scott McLean, and Travis McLean and wife Angela, all of the Grandfather Community, Curtis Church of North Wilkesboro, Toby Church of Wilkesboro, and Clint Byrd and girlfriend Lauren Fontaine of Vilas; one granddaughter, Morgan Dugger and fianc

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