Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Lo Byerly Aldhizer of Harrisonburg, Va., died Feb. 18, 2013, at her residence. She was a daughter of the late Jacob Glenn and Jessie Hammer Byerly of Mount Solon.
Lo is survived by her husband, George Raymond Aldhizer Jr.; his two daughters, Carol Aldhizer Delia and Mary Elizabeth Sloat; and his son, George Raymond Aldhizer III. She is also survived by her sister, Ellen Adams of North Carolina; and two brothers, Jim Byerly of California and Tom Byerly of Virginia. She was also loved dearly by seven grandchildren and six nieces and nephews.
Lo was a graduate of Bridgewater College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music, where she majored in organ. She taught music at Spotswood and Keister elementary schools. For many years, Lo applied her musical talents as an organist and choir director at Cooks Creek Presbyterian Church. As a longtime member of Spotswood Garden Club, Lo was well known for her skills as a gardener and her passion for sharing her personal garden with her community and loved ones.
Lo lived life to the fullest and was active in many church and civic organizations in her community. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Women and Altar Guild. She served as a board member with the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, which was one of her primary passions, and also served on the events committee for the organization. She excelled in her involvement with the Virginia Angus Association (VAA), where she and her husband, George, received the Hall of Merit Award. She was also recognized for her leadership with VAA through a handbook dedication. An avid tennis player, she was very active with Harrisonburg Tennis Patrons.
The service for Lo is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on South Main Street. Her family will be receiving friends at the Parish Hall following the memorial service. Her burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA at P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or Bridgewater College, 402 E. College St., Bridgewater, VA 22812, or Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Arrangements entrusted to Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. www.kygers.com .