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Denise Byington: A Positive Life Well Lived Featured

Dec 18 2020

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Denise Byington: 1964-2020

We are very sad to share that Denise Byington, who worked at AIM from 1988-1993, passed away on December 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.  A private mass service was held for Denise's family on December 11. A larger celebration of her life is anticipated to be held in the summer of 2021 so that more dear friends and former colleagues may participate. 

Denise was a 1986 Finance graduate from Texas A&M, and soon after began her career with AIM where she was successful in many roles over the years, including serving as a fund accountant, manager of portfolio administration, and as an equity trader. Denise continued her career as an equity professional with J.P. Morgan Chase before retiring from the investments business after the birth of her daughter, Caroline.

Denise will be remembered for her beautiful smile and generous spirit 

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Janet Luby was with AIM from 1987 -,1995 and returned to the firm in 2011 where she is still employed today. Janet was blessed to know Denise for more than 30 years. They worked together in Fund Accounting in the late 1980’s, before Denise moved to Investments and subsequently to JP Morgan. "This was such a fun and exciting time for all of us, and for AIM which was growing rapidly.  We formed very strong friendships and the “AIM girls” of which she was a part are even closer today," said Janet. 

"To say Denise was intelligent was an understatement, and she was so good at what she did," recalls Janet. "What set her apart is how she did it.  She had such a quick wit and sense of humor and could immediately see the irony or amusing side of any situation and deliver the most hilarious take on it.  These zingers were delivered in her quiet, soft spoken way which caused many a double take, then you’d see the mischief in her eyes and laugh all the harder." 

Continues Janet, "The key adjectives I’d use, however are kindness and love which she brought to everything and everyone.   She was such a wonderful person and friend.  Her faith, grace and courage through both her husband Bert’s battle with cancer and then her own were breathtaking. I’ll miss her always."

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The “AIM girls” of which she was a part are even closer today

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Dana Sutton feels lucky to be one of the “AIM Girls”. "I was privileged to spend time with Denise in more recent years,." said Dana. "Her love of family and friends was quite evident.  The other thing that struck me quite profoundly was how intentionally she lived her life – she was very thoughtful about what she did and took opportunities to do the things that were important to her.  She was such a light – she will be greatly missed.

The other thing that struck me quite profoundly was how intentionally she lived her life

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A proud Texan, Denise was intentional in her quest to be a positive impact on others, as shown by the gifts she and her family made to the Texas A&M Mays Business school for an endowed scholarship for Finance or Supply Chain Management majors, and to the Texas A&M EnMed program, a revolutionary initiative that allows medical students to simultaneously earn a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Engineering in four years.  

Denise loved to travel and enjoyed fine art and food. She, Bert, and Caroline lived in London, England from 2009 - 2012. During this happy period, they made many lifetime friends and enjoyed the art, culture, and food of Europe. Denise completed the Camino de Santiago spiritual pilgrimage in 2018, walking 100 miles through Spain with her sister Carrie Byington and friends. 

She brought kindness and love to everything and everyone

Janet Luby

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Denise is survived by her daughter Caroline Marie, her parents Al and Margot Byington, her siblings Carrie and Alan Byington and by many family members and friends in Texas and beyond, including her dear friend Jerry Mason. Denise was preceded in death by her husband Humberto Garcia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the MD Anderson Cancer Center for research or care related to pancreatic or lymphoma cancer, or to the Texas A&M University Engineering Medicine program.

Condolences may be left on Denise Byington’s online guest book.

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