Mystic - Helen (Rowland) Lyon, 86, of Mystic, beloved wife of 59 years of David Lyon, passed away Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, with her family by her side.
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Born and raised in New Britain, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen (Platt) Rowland and lived in Mystic since 1975.
She attended Mooreland Hill in Kensington, Forman School in Litchfield, and graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin. Prior to having children, she was a lab technician for New Britain General Hospital.
She was an excellent and avid golfer and tennis player. Helen enjoyed swimming, sailing, and playing bocci. While living at StoneRidge, she enjoyed the swimming group and regular bridge games with her many friends.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two children, David R. Lyon and his wife, Angie, of Willimantic and Barbara R. Brower and her husband, Dennis Nye, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; a sister, Jean Haffenrefer; and a brother, William Rowland and his wife, Sheila; four grandchildren, Stephen, Gabriel, and Peter Lyon and Jennifer Brower; and three great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Robert P. Lyon and a brother, Hugh Rowland.
The Lyon family would like to thank the staff at StoneRidge for the caring and compassionate services they provided Helen as a resident.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic, where Helen was a longtime member. A light reception will follow at the church. There are no calling hours, and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, PO Box 122, Mystic, CT 06355, or the Child and Family Agency of New London, 255 Hempstead St., New London, CT 06320.
Published in The Day on Dec. 23, 2013