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Ruth C. Lyons

TRAVERSE CITY — Ruth Cooper Lyons, 91, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City.

Ruth was born Feb. 18, 1918, to the late James and Hazel (Cooper) Fookes in Breckenridge. She married the late Colly Lyons on April 26, 1938. Ruth was the eldest of six children, helping to raise her five younger brothers.

Ruth will always be remembered for how she helped and supported so many friends and family. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She loved to garden and read in her younger years. She grew up in Michigan, retired to Florida with Colly for 40 years and came to live in Traverse City three years ago.

Ruth was a rural letter carrier for 30 years in the Midland area. She knew everyone along her route, and they all enjoyed her daily visits.

She took loving care of Colly in his later years and always was very generous to her family and friends. She will be missed by so many.

Surviving Ruth are one son, Steve Lyons; a daughter-in-law, Dianne (Howard) Walker; grandchildren, Amy Lyons, Joshua and Christopher Lyons, and Shen Walker. She has three wonderful great-grandchildren, Chloe, Bailey and Ethan Loftis. Ruth has one surviving brother, Thomas (Barb) Fookes, and many other friends and family.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Colly; and her son, David in 1987.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grand Traverse Pavilions, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please share your memories of Ruth at her online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Traverse City.

This obituary was originally published in the Record-Eagle.

Published online on October 4, 2009 courtesy of Record-Eagle.
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