Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mary Allen Lyon, 76, of Wheaton, passed away Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in her home.

She was born June 27, 1935, in Palm Desert, Calif., the daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Stedham) Cornell. On Dec. 24, 1957, in Mexicali, Mexico, she was united in marriage to Billy Joe Lyon, who survives. They have a family of 10 children.

Survivors include: five sons, Michael Lyon, of El Cajon, Calif., Kerry Hayes, of Wheaton, Mark Lyon, of Tonopah, Ariz., Steven Lyon and his wife, Lee, of San Diego, Calif., and Lynni Lyon, of Cassville; five daughters, Randa Bertram and her husband, Gary, of Wheaton, Enola Berker and her husband, Robert, of Brawley, Calif., Lori Lyon, of Brawley, Calif., Shawnna Wright and her husband, Michael, of Boise, Idaho, and Rayni Lyon, of Branson; three sisters, Verna Stewart and her husband, Edward, of Banning, Calif., Faye McCulley, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Betty Weston, of Chino Valley, Ariz.; one sister-in-law, Sybil Cornell, of Wentworth; 24 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

She grew up and received her education in California, graduating from high school in El Centro. She owned and operated antique stores. Being near water such as the ocean, rivers and lakes was also a life-long joy. She was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Kingdom Hall at Monett. Elder Robert Gray will conduct the services.

Cremation arrangements are under direction of McQueen Funeral Home, Wheaton.

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