THE VILLAGES, FLA.—Linda D. Byrum, 84, passed from this life Monday, March 30, 2020.
She was born in Belhaven, N.C. She was the daughter of Dr. Allen and Marion Downum of Edenton, N.C.
Linda studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and earned her bachelors of fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an award-winning professional portrait artist, working in oil and watercolor. She was also an excellent tennis player and for a time was number one on the USTA tennis ladder for Anne Arundel County, Md.
Linda along with her husband, Fred, were dedicated sailors and cruised on their boats for over 40 years. Their cruises covered Maine to Florida, the Bahamas and Great Lakes, with two crossings to Bermuda.
After living in Annapolis, Md., and White Stone for many years, they moved to The Villages in 2016. She belonged to North Lake Presbyterian Church, Lady Lake.
She leaves her husband of 62 years, Fredric Byrum; daughters, Donna Van de Mark of Chester, Md.; and Elizabeth (Beth) McKinnon of Dunn Loring; grandchildren, Benjamin Towers, Griffin Towers and Kira McKinnon; great-grandchildren, Everett Towers and Madelyn Towers; and brother, Allen (Jerry) Downum of Edenton.
Services will be held at a later date. For online sentiments visit www.hiers-baxley.com.