Imogene Truxel Byers, 86, of Mt. Pleasant , passed away peacefully Friday, July 2, 2010, in Harmon House Care Center , Mt. Pleasant . She was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Prittstown, Bullskin Township , Fayette County , a daughter of the late John B. Truxel and Pearl Elizabeth (Paul) Truxel.
A 1941 graduate of East Huntingdon High School and a 1945 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (IUP), Imogene lived all of her life in the Mt. Pleasant area. She married Paul J. Byers Jr. on June 28, 1946. Together they owned and operated the Byers family farm in East Huntingdon Township . In addition to farming, Imogene was employed by the Mt. Pleasant schools as the district music supervisor. In 1969, Paul and Imogene sold the family farm to Chrysler Corp. and they retired, both from farming and teaching. The Sony plant now sits on the site of the farm.
After retirement, the couple traveled extensively through the United States . They spent their winters in Florida , where they were members of the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club in St. Petersburg . Imogene, who was actively involved in the Ruffsdale Gun Club, was an award winning trap shooter, winning many local and state events. She greatly enjoyed her activities on the EHHS Class of 1941 Reunion Committee and meeting with many of the class members at a monthly luncheon. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eastern Star, Mt. Pleasant Women's Club and Music Club. Imogene was raised in Christ United Methodist Church in Scottdale, and later in life was an active member of the Mt. Pleasant Church of God. Her hobbies were quite varied and included swimming, fishing, sewing and caring for her pets. Imogene was an accomplished cook and was well known for her good food and hospitality. Above all Imogene enjoyed the company of family and friends. "Mummum" enjoyed entertaining people of all ages. Her door was always open and everyone was welcome.
She is survived and greatly missed by her loving daughter, Cheryl Byers Shipley; adoring grandchildren, Jacob Shipley, Dreyer Shipley and Elizabeth Frederick and husband, Ronald Frederick, all of Mt. Pleasant; and nieces and nephews, Patty and Alex Tinker, John Truxel, Joan Truxel, Philip Truxel, Dick and Linda Truxel, Tom and Linda Sue Pezzano and Sandra Lee Truxel.
In addition to her parents, Imogene was preceded in death by her siblings, Paul E. Truxel, G. Merle Truxel and Berniece V. Truxel; husband, Paul J. Byers Jr., in 1988; and her son-in-law, R. Wayne Shipley Jr., in 2008. Family and friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at GRAFT-JACQUILLARD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES INC., 303 Pittsburgh St. , Scottdale, (724-887-7110), where services will be held at 8 p.m. with Pastor David Stickley officiating. Private burial will take place in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery . For online condolences, please visit www.gjfuneral.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Imogene's name to Camp Sonrise Mountain, Treasurer, P.O. Box 231, Indian Head, PA 15446.