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Alice J. Lyon, 89

April 27, 1923-March 18, 2013

March 25, 2013

Alice J. “Sue” Lyon, 89, died at home in Willis, Texas, on Monday, March 18, 2013, following a brief illness.
She was born in Daytona Beach, Fla., on April 27, 1923, to George O. and Alice S. Sowers. 

She graduated with honors from Hagerstown High School in 1941, and from Washington County Hospital School of Nursing in 1944.

In 1945, she entered the Army Nurse Corps, serving at Valley Forge Hospital, where she met her future husband, Tunis J. Lyon, whom she married Feb. 16, 1946, and who preceded her in death after 66 years of marriage.

After she started her family, she briefly worked part time at Washington County Hospital. She was an American Red Cross volunteer, working on the bloodmobile and teaching home nursing courses.

Sue was past guardian of Job’s Daughter’s Bethel 26 in Hagerstown, and was past grand guardian for the state of Maryland. She was a current member of Queen Esther Chapter 3, and a member of Ladies of the Elks.

In 1953, Sue and Tunis moved their family from Halfway to “The Farm” on Itnyre Road near Smithsburg, where they resided for the next 57 years. She considered the years at The Farm her crowning glory, raising her family there and sharing the experiences with their grandsons and great-grandchildren.

She was an active member (until moving to Texas) of St. Peter’s (Beard’s) Lutheran Church, Old Forge Road, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Washington County, a church started by her ancestors.  She is an associate member of Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Conroe, Texas.

Sue was a skilled seamstress, a quilter, and enjoyed knitting, reading, and doing crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed her monthly card games with her friends, until she moved to Texas in 2010 to be near her daughter. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brothers, Daniel S. Sowers and Samuel O. Sowers; and her loving husband, Tunis.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice J. Koller and her husband, Frank, of Willis; and by her son, Samuel T. Lyon and his wife, Sandy, of Churchville, Va. She is also survived by her four wonderful grandsons, Frank F. Koller Jr. and wife, Marissa, of Katy, Texas, George B. Koller and wife, Felicitas, of Chicago, Ill., Luke T. Lyon and wife, Betty, of Brandywine, Md., and Garrett D. Lyon of Crofton, Md. She has three great-grandchildren, Erik D. Koller, Cari V. Koller and Samantha K. Lyon.

The family will receive friends at St. Peter’s church, Saturday, March 30 at noon, with a memorial service under the direction of Chaplain Hembrock from Morris Frock American Legion Post to follow at 1 p.m., with arrangements by J.L. Davis Funeral Home of Smithsburg. She will be interred at Grindstone Hill Cemetery near Chambersburg, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The family would like to thank Dr. Randall Martin, Dr. Margit Nemeth, VITAS Hospice, and the staff of IMU and PCU 3 at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands, Texas, for their care during her illness.

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