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Vanessa L. Byer

April 16, 2022


Vanessa Lynn Byer was born October 27, 1956 in Ada, Oklahoma to Basil and Tywana (Todd) Cowan. She passed away on April 16, 2022 in Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 65 years, 5 months, and 20 days.

Vanessa lived in the Oklahoma City area until 1990 when she moved to Elk City, Oklahoma. She met the love of her life, Phillip Byer. After 10 years of dating they finally tied the knot in 2006. They enjoyed each others company and spending quality time together. In 2010 they opened an oil and gas business, Byer, LLC. Vanessa was the official bookkeeper. Vanessa had lots of hobbies. She loved to study her Bible, cook, garden and do crafts. Vanessa loved the outdoors. She loved hunting, fishing and camping, but her greatest love was spending time with all of her family. She had the best sense of humor. She always had a smile on her face and was always ready to become the victim of anybody's last prank. Vanessa was always kind to everyone she met. She would give anybody the shirt off her back and great tasting food in their belly. Vanessa truly was our angel on earth and will be forever missed. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Basil Cowan, mother, Ty Totty, step-father, Marlon Totty, grandmother, Mary Todd, and her sister, Terri Sue Vance.

She is survived by her husband, Phillip, three daughters, Tammy Slife and husband, Roger, Elk City, OK, Tonya Loyd and husband, Jeremy, Elk City, OK, Shannon Barnett and husband, Bart, Elk City, OK, one son, Malcolm Byer and wife, Sarah, Elk City, OK, one sister, Pamela Cowan, Oklahoma City, OK, grandchildren, Tyler, Bo, Oscar, Tahner, Tucker,  Baylar, Rylan, Brett, Alexis and Trapper, great grandchildren, Blaire, Beckham, Berkley, Nash and Bennett, special friends, Sharon, Cindy, Lisa and Mary, along with a host of other relatives and friends. 

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Memorial Service
April 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Prairie View Baptist Church
1-40 & S. HWY 34
Elk City, OK 73644

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