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Mary Sue Byler

Mary Sue (Higginbotham) Byler, age 70, beloved wife of Larry Byler died peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Mercy hospital. Sue was born on June 10, 1952, in St. Louis, MO, daughter of the Late Bernard and Dorothy (Duly) Higginbotham. Sue grew up in Brentwood, MO. Graduated from Brentwood High School 1971. She met and married the love of her life, Larry on March 18, 1972 and together they moved to Union, MO in where they owned and operated 47 Mini Market.

She worked as a customer service representative for different companies, the most recent working for her friend Lyn Havin at Havin material. She enjoyed thrift shopping especially garage sales, planting flowers, traveling, and most of all spending time with friends and family. She was a member of the Union Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Union.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, Larry Byler, treasured sister to Barb Novotny, Pat (Ron) Foan, devoted mother of Shawn (David) Pehle of (Union, MO), Jeremy (Adriah) Byler of (Union, MO), Jennifer (Harry) Frost of Union, MO; and loving grandmother of Vanessa Pehle, Cameron (Karlie) Frost of Gerald, MO, Brad Frost of Union, MO; and many bonus kids who grew up at her house, sister-n-law to Susan Hertel (Virgl), June (Mike) Ronsick, Terry Byler, Becky (Keith) Bauer, Debby (Bill) Talarski. Aunt to Tanya (Jim) Shaughnessy, Sara Oliver, Sherry (Rudy) Via, Elizabeth (Fred) Hodgman, Bob Hertel, Rick (Christine) Hertel, Christopher (Stefanie) Talarski, Matthew Talarski. And great nieces and nephews. Special friends Tom and Bridgett Stahlman, and many many other family and friends. Sue, known as Momma Sue was a very gracious, loving, and generous soul who always had a smile on her face, she befriended everyone. But above all, her great love was her family and friends, Momma Sue was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Sue had a very fulfilling life, enhanced by the people she’s leaving behind…If you knew her, you knew she loved absolutely everyone, she saw goodness in everyone, and a devoted Christian who served her community and supported her church. She was someone who enjoyed every minute she had with you. I know she was so very proud of all her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Franklin County Humane Society or the family in memory of Momma Sue.

A memorial service will be held on October 29th 1:00-6:00 at the American Legion Hall in Union Mo. Mary Sue Byler June 10, 1952 – September 10, 2022


  1. Jennifer Frost on September 27, 2022 at 7:58 am

    Oh Momma Sue, this is just so hard for me and so many others to accept that you’re actually gone! Each morning I still want to text you good morning and tell you I love you. You were the one that would carry us all through both the brightest and darkest times. You were the most devoted and selfless person I knew!! You definitely set the bar high with your strength and endurance battling your illness. We all know you’re in a better place, no more pain and suffering that you fought for so long. Please know that I will be there for Larry, Shawn, Dave, and Vanessa always! There are no amount of words to THANK YOU for always loving me, Harry and the boys unconditionally no matter what! You have always been my rock and I’m feeling so lost without you here!
    May your memory be a blessing for all who knew and loved you! I love you so very much and will miss you EVERYDAY!! I will be looking for you in my dreams! Rest in Peace Momma Sue, Till we meet again. ❤️🙌👼

  2. Michelle Tyler (Pashia) on September 27, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    My heart hurts. My earliest memory of Sue was when her and Larry owned 47 mini market. They were good friends with my mother. I always enjoyed going to see them sue was so kind and always made me feel like one her own. Summer time she would always insist I be able to swim in her pool. She was a kind spirit and always thought of others. As time passed my mother had passed on. I remember Sue reaching out to me making sure I was ok. When I moved back to union she reached out again and we remained in contact even if it was over social media. Seems she was always there. The Byler family will always be in my heart. May you rest in peace sweet angel and you are surely missed by many.

  3. Marisela Carrejo on September 27, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    My deepest condolences to all her family and friends. She was very sweet and kind hearted lady. I was fortunate to work with her and she always had that beautiful smile. She was a gorgeous lady both inside and out. It is apparent with all the wonderful kind messages that I am seeing she touched many along her Blessed path. May God rest her beautiful soul and bring comfort to her Husband, Daughter, Son in law and granddaughter for their guardian Angel is watching over them.

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