It is with great sadness that the family of Martha Noella Lyons announces her passing after a courageous battle with cancer at Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. in Fort Frances, Ont. on Monday, April 12, 2004.
Martha was born April 4, 1918 to the late Napolean and Jane Desrosier. Martha spent most of her life in Fort Frances and married her late husband, John Henry Lyons, who had delighted her with eight children.
Martha was employed for many years at the hospital and after retirement, enjoyed the outdoors and playing Bingo.
Martha was predeceased by her daughter, Yvonne “Eva” McCormick; and three grandchildren, Bradley Lyons, Tammy Dokuchie, and Chantelle Shypit.
Martha leaves behind her sons, William “Billy” Lyons, Harold “Fudd” Lyons, and John Lyons Jr.; daughters, Edith Lyons, Elaine Dokuchie, Beatrice Calder, and Sheila “Kim” Matheson; and brother, Augustine “Gus” Desrosier.
Grandma also will be missed by her grandchildren, Susan Abele, Craig Tate, Jody and Cory Shypit, Karen Prosdocimo, Linda Robertson, Gail Dokuchie, Cindy, Connie, Darren, Michael, and Candace McCormick, Jamie and Bryan Bruyere, John Lyons, Rhonda LeClare, Rhea Lyons, and Christopher, Nicole, and Robert Matheson.
Martha also is survived by an abundance of great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 16, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church at Couchiching First Nation, Ont. Fr. Ed Marchant s.j. will officiate, with interment in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Couchiching First Nation.
Friends may visit Thursday, April 15, 2004 from 7 until 8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home, with vigil prayers being held at 7:30 p.m.
The pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jody Shypit, John Lyons, Christopher Matheson, Robert Matheson, Darren McCormick, and Michael McCormick.
The honourary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Susan, Karen, Cindy, Nicole, Rhonda, Candace, Connie, Linda, Gail, and Ashley.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8 or the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Box 807, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N1.
As children,
we can’t comprehend
or fully realize
The meaning of our mother’s love,
how tender and how wise,
The patience and forgiveness
that are part of every day,
The unexpected “little things”
she does in her own way.
Years go by before we can
look back on life and see
Through older eyes and wiser hearts
her love and loyalty,
And yet it’s these
and other special things
we’ll hold so dear,
For memories of
her steadfast love
will keep her ever near.