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Mary J. Lyon – Pioneer Tribune

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Mary J. Lyon

MANISTIQUE – Mary Jean (Gallop) Lyon, 88, of Manistique, Michigan, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2024, with family members, Jean, Sarah and Martha by her side. Mary was born on February 6, 1936 to Myron and Ruth Gallop of Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Mary attended school in Wakefield and Mexico, Maine. She attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English in June 1957. She spent her career as an instructor in a number of states, including Maine, Vermont, Illinois and Michigan. Her last teaching assignment was in Manistique from 1979-1994.

They married George H. Lyon Jr. on June 15, 1957. and raised a beautiful family of five children together.

Maria loved horses. She was a leader of the local 4H Horse Club, raised Arabian horses, competed in long-distance trail running, organized a summer camp for Girl Scouts, and conducted many educational horse clinics with visiting physicians.

Mary is survived by her children, Dale D. (Carrie) Lyon of Graham, Texas, Jean E. (Charlie) Willour of Manistique, Christopher C. (Hollis) Lyon of San Antonio,

Texas, Martha Johnson of Manistique; sister, Elizabeth A. Seltmann of West Brook, Conn.; and beloved daughter-in-law, Jeanne Lyon of Naperville, Illinois.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, George H. Lyon Jr.; her son, George H. Lyon III; her parents, Myron and Ruth Gallop; and her brother, Richard W. Gallop.

Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be directed to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter in Manistique or St. Jude’s www.stjude.org/donate.

Per Mary’s wishes, the family will not hold services.

Fausett Family Funeral Homes will assist the family with arrangements.