Lessie May Lyons died in her home on Feb. 12, 2006, after a short battle with cancer. She was 90 years old.
She was born May 15, 1915, in Lakin, Kan., to Anna Mary and Clarence Duncan. She spent her childhood in Lakin until she met and married Clarence Lyons of Haddam, Kan.After the first two children arrived, they moved to Colorado to escape the Dust Bowl days and so Clarence could help his father at the sawmill on Basalt Mountain. They settled in the Carbondale area and in July 1945 bought the Missouri Heights property where Lessie lived the rest of her life. Five more children were born to Lessie and Clarence after their move to Colorado.
Lessie’s lifelong love was pressed flowers, which she made into pictures and notecards. She loved her family and her extended family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; a son, Leroy; grandsons Alex and Donnie; a sister, Beulah; and a brother, Bob. She is survived by her four sons, Don (Nellie) Lyons of Elephant Butte, N.M., Harold (Marianne) Lyons of Aumsville, Ore., Robert (Bernice) Lyons of Silt and Danny (Penny) Lyons of Grand Junction; her two daughters, Clara Garner of Oregon and Ann Samuelson of Carbondale; 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Minnie, Lois, Vera, Cora and Glenda; and a brother, Jim Elvin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 for all of its help and loving care during Lessie’s illness.Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home Chapel, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs, with interment to follow in Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.
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