Helene Byrne
Helene Byrne
Birth: 12 September 1902
Harrison, Idaho, USA
Death: 27 June 2013
Buhl, Idaho, USA
Age: 110 years, 288 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Pending

Helene May Byrne (née Glover; 12 September 1902 – 27 June 2013) was an American supercentenarian whose age is currently pending by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Helene Byrne was born in Harrison, Idaho, USA on 12 September 1902, the daughter of Charles Glover and Florence (née McClure) Glover. She was the oldest of eight children.

The family survived the Great North Idaho fires of 1910 and 1917. Because the town of Harrison burned in 1917, Helene finished her schooling in Kellogg, Idaho, graduating from Kellogg High School in 1920. She then attended and graduated from Lewiston State Normal School receiving her teaching certification in 1922. While teaching in Hagerman, Idaho, she met Lloyd E. Byrne, a Buhl banker. They married in 1927 at the home of her parents in Harrison on the shores of Lake Coeur d’ Alene.

Helene’s life long passion for flowers and gardening began as a child playing in the meadows of wildflowers of North Idaho and continued the cultivation of beds of lovely roses at her home in Buhl, which she tended until the age of 104. She generously shared her roses for weddings, funerals and birthday’s of others.

In 1989, Helene was appointed chairwomen of the Buhl City Parks Beautification Committee, that accomplished many worthwhile and lasting projects. At the age of 96, she was named Woman of the Year by the Buhl Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for her committee work.

Helene Byrne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Buhl.

Helene Byrne died in Buhl, Idaho, USA on 27 June 2013 at the age of 110 years, 288 days. She is survived by 2 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters.

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