Judith Byers
Judith Byers
Judith Byers
Judith Byers

Obituary of Judith Byers

Judith L. Byers (1963 – 2020)


Judy was born on March 5, 1963, in Johnson City, New York, to her parents George and Carol Hoser. She and her sister Carolyn Fischer had a special bond as sisters and best friends, and grew up as avid swimmers. They shared many adventures, not the least of which included living in Germany for three years and traveling around the western United States in a camper van. They loved visiting their parents beach property located near Denia, Spain.


After high school, Judy moved to Boston and lived there for nearly a decade, beginning a career in commercial real estate. Two of her notable employers were Gymboree Corp, during their retail glory years, and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.


Judy met her future husband Butch at the wedding of their friends Tom and Dana Hayse in April 1989. They later fell in love, and married almost exactly five years later overlooking the San Francisco Peninsula. From there, Judy continued her many life adventures: completing five marathons, including San Francisco, Boston, and New York; helping found the illustrious Menlo Park based 24 Lost Soles running club; living overseas for eight years in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom; traveling to more than 25 countries; and her life’s work, raising two amazing children Jacob and Jillian.


Judy had circles of friends too numerous to count. She was loved by family and friends in many parts of the world. May her smile and outgoing, fun-loving nature continue to be an inspiration to us all.


Due to recently updated San Mateo County Public Health Office guidance against public gatherings of more than 50 people, beginning Sunday 15 March and effective through a minimum of three weeks, we regretfully have had to indefinitely postpone the Celebration of Life service scheduled for Judy Byers on Saturday 21 March.

We will post news here of the new date / time once we are able to reschedule.  Location is still intended to be the New Community Church in Menlo Park, with a reception to follow.




In lieu of flowers, gifts to honor Judy’s memory can be made to either of two organizations to which Judy generously gave her time: Meals on Wheels and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST).


Meals on Wheels is a local nonprofit whose goal is to increase food security and access to nutritious food; keeping older adults and adults with disabilities well-nourished and healthy, living independently in their own homes. Gifts may be made online at https://www.penvol.org/mealsonwheels/donate, or by mail with checks made out to PVI Meals on Wheels, 800 Middle Avenue, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.


POST is a local nonprofit whose mission is to protect open space for the benefit of all. Gifts may be made online at https://openspacetrust.org/donate, or by mail to POST, 222 High Street, Palo Alto, CA, 94301. Be sure to check the box for a memorial gift or include Judy’s name in the memo line of your check.