Janet Elaine Swinson Byrd, 83, of Cary died Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh after a year-long battle with lymphoma. She never complained about the cup given to her. Instead she fought the cancer with quiet resolve that was an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Janet was born September 8, 1932, on a farm in northern Duplin County, the oldest child of Macon and Ruby Hargrove Swinson. On July 2, 1954, Janet married Thomas Mitchell Byrd whom she first met in the 8th grade. "Until death do us part" for them would translate into 61 years, five months, and eight days.Survivors in addition to Tom, are three children and eight grandchildren. They are Thomas M. Byrd Jr. and wife Caroline Sokalski Byrd of Albuquerque, NM, and their four children: Mitchell, Alexander, Evelyn, and Juliana Byrd; Susan Elaine Byrd Coleman and husband Jerry Coleman Jr. of Wilmington and their two children, Jerry III and Thomas Coleman; and Allison Jane Byrd Blazer of Virginia Beach, VA, and husband, William (Bill) Blazer, and their two children, William Jr. and Catherine Blazer. Also surviving Janet are two sisters, Eleanor (Sallie) Swinson Lee and Gail Swinson Brinson of Kinston, and two brothers, Forrest Swinson of Tampa, FL, and Norman Swinson of Mount Olive. A third brother, Hilbert A. Swinson, died in 2013. Janet was a calm and gentle person who joined Bear Marsh Baptist Church at an early age. She played basketball for (old) Calypso High School and earned academic honors as valedictorian of the Class of 1950. She earned a B. S. degree in elementary education from East Carolina University where she was a member of the Women's Chorus and secretary of the Baptist Student Union. She later received a M. S. degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her teaching career took her to Norfolk County, VA, Bexar County, TX, and Johnston and Durham Counties, NC, before retiring to become a full-time homemaker. Because of her patient and caring demeanor, she was especially good at working with small children. She was a Sunday school teacher at White Plains United Methodist Church, which she and Tom joined soon after moving to Cary in 1962. Her last teaching experience was with that church's Children Center. A visitation will be held Sunday, December 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Tyndall Funeral Home, Mount Olive. A graveside service was held Monday, December 21, at 2 p.m. at Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Olive. Officiating was done by Janet's cousin, the Rev. Paul Rose. Flowers will be appreciated but those wishing to honor Janet's memory by contributing to a worthy cause might consider the Children's Center, White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 East Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511, or the Swinson-Roberts Scholarship Fund, University of Mount Olive, 634 Henderson Street, Mount Olive, NC 28365.