Meadville Tribune

October 5, 2012

Dorothy ‘Dot’ G. Byham


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Dorothy “Dot” G. Byham, 94, of Niagara  Falls, N.Y., died Thursday Oct. 4, 2012, at her residence under the care of Niagara Hospice.

Born in Grove City, she was a daughter of the late David and Tina Small Shaw.

Dorothy attended school in Pennsylvania and graduated from Meadville High School. In June 1937 she married Wayne C. Byham in Pennsylvania, whose work as an ordained minister with the Methodist church brought them to Niagara Falls, where they lived until relocating to California in 1983. Mr. Byham predeceased her in 1988 and in 2007 she returned to Niagara Falls, where she lived until the present time. While living in Pennsylvania, she was employed as a stock manager at J.C. Penney’s in Meadville.

Dot was an active member of St. James United Methodist Church in Niagara Falls and at one time her husband served as the congregation’s minister. She enjoyed calligraphy and was a gifted seamstress. Dorothy also loved to read.

Mrs. Byham is survived by a daughter, Patricia (late John) Berds of  Niagara Falls; and was predeceased by two sons, Scott Byham and David Byham. Survivors also include four grandchildren, Michael (Dawn) Byham, Wendy (Kirk) Orr, Lisa Mesler and Vicki Mesler; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carl Shaw of Agoura, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by a grandson, David Byham; and three brothers, William Shaw, Howard Shaw and Ralph Shaw.

There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be conducted at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Chapel in Meadville on Monday at 2:30 p.m. Another memorial service will be conducted at St. James United Methodist Church in Niagara Falls at a later date to be announced.

Arrangements are being handled by M. J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel, 2730 Military Road, Niagara Falls.