A native of Bedford County, Byrd is a graduate of Staunton River High School. She has worked in the healthcare industry since 1987 and is also a Board Certified Respiratory Therapist.

Byrd is married to David Strain and has two children and two step-children. She attends Blue Ridge Community Church and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bedford, Bedford Chamber of Commerce and Business Networking International (BNI) at SML. She also enjoys the beach, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.