Elizabeth Allen Lyman
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1922-2013 PITTSFIELD Elizabeth Allen Lyman died at her home of 140 Melbourne Road in Pittsfield on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
Elizabeth (Betty) was born June 6, 1922 in Milton, MA to Bertram Ward Allen and Patience Northup. She is a direct descendant of William Allen who came from England to Cape Anne of the Bay Colony with the Dorchester Company in 1624. William petitioned to establish the town of what is now known as Manchester-by-the-Sea and was one of the first selectman of that town. Upon the early death of Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth, her brother and sister moved to the Allen family homestead on 13 Washington Street in Manchester-by-the Sea where she was raised by her father and her maiden aunts. She graduated from Story High School in Manchester and completed a secretarial degree at Burdett College. She was first employed as a medical secretary to a private practitioner and then as a medical records librarian and secretary at Lynn Hospital in Lynn, MA. It was during this time that she went on a blind date with George Lyman whom she later wed on September 12, 1948 at the First Congregational Church in Lynn.
Marriage to George meant many career moves and through it all Betty was a willing, supportive partner. Betty supported George through moves from Massachusetts to Connecticut, to Pennsylvania, to New Jersey and finally to retirement in Pittsfield, MA. Wherever she resided she was a valued and contributing member to her community. Her involvement includes starting a learn to ski program in Dalton; being a zoning board member in Dalton; deacon of the Congregational Church of Dalton and the Church on the Hill in Lenox; active member and later sustaining member of the Junior League of Pittsfield; Girl Scout leader in Connecticut and Carlisle High School Band Booster in Carlisle, PA. She was a devoted, caring member of her church community and made special efforts to visit those that could not leave their homes.
Betty was a lover of nature, particularly the ocean and instilled that love in her children and grandchildren for which they are eternally grateful. A strong skier, swimmer (braving the cold waters of the North Shore) and sailor, she provided her children and their friends with many outdoor adventures. Betty loved and was knowledgeable about literature, art and music. Many enjoyed her spontaneous recitations of poetry.
Her husband, George, predeceased her. She is survived by her brother Bertram W. Allen of Andover; her sister Sally Kimball of Swampscott; her children and grandchildren; Peter G. Lyman, his wife Anna and their children Tamara Stratyevskaya, Laura and Jacob Lyman, all of Portland, OR and her daughter Susan Lyman, her husband Lawrence Lane and their children Samuel and Theresa (Tess) Lane, all of Lenox, MA. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Her family expressed gratitude to the staff of Melbourne Place, particularly Mary and Vicky of the club, Betty's aids, Marianne, Sue and Katy, and to Hospice Care in the Berkshires for their compassionate care of Betty.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral of Elizabeth Lyman will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church on the Hill in Lenox, with the Reverend Natalie Shiras officiating. A luncheon reception will follow at the Church on the Hill Chapel on Main Street, Lenox. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of floers, donations may be made to the Church on the Hill in care of ROCHE FUNERAL HOME, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 5, 2013