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Grace (Kikkert) Byrd, 92, who had been a cook in various Billings restaurants, died Monday morning, Jan. 14, 2013, due to complications from a fall.
She was the last member of the Kikkert family raised in the Dutch community outside of Rapelje.
She was born on May 13, 1920, to Nick and Grace Kikkert. Her mother died right after her birth, and all six children were “farmed out,” as she put it, to family and friends. She spent the first two years of her life with her Tante Winnie in Billings. Her father then brought the family back together and she met the only mother she knew, Nellie.
She started working when she was 14 and never quit until her late 80s. When she first came to Billings she worked at Pierce Packing. When her youngest child began school, she began her long career as a cook in the kitchen of New Western Manor. She eventually cooked in restaurants around Billings and was known for her steaks.
She married William H. “Billy” Byrd Jr. in 1944.
Survivors include sons, James and Gary of Billings; daughters, Mary Ann of Huntley and Linnell Rickaway of DeSoto, Texas; stepdaughters, JoAnn Mollett of Billings and Virginia Williamson of Missoula; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter on the way.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings.
Memorials may be made in her name to Montana Rescue Mission, 2520 First Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.