Hilma L. Lyon

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Hilma L. Lyon

Hilma L. Wikstrom Lyon went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, March 13, 2011. She was born in Fresno, California, on October 23, 1921, to her Swedish father, Anders E. Wikstrom, and her Finnish mother, Milja Honkamaki Wikstrom. The family moved to Reno while Hilma was still a very young child, and she was educated in the old Reno schools - Orvis Ring Elementary, Northside Junior High, Reno High, graduating in 1939, and the University of Nevada, where she earned her BA in education and her MA in counseling.

From her very early school years, she always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and worked diligently toward that goal. She first taught at a little country school, Harmon, just east of Fallon, where she found she loved her students and received their love in return; and that became a lifelong adventure for her, finding great reward in helping children learn. She taught for many years in Yerington, Denver, and Reno schools, Orvis Ring and Echo Loder, before retiring.

In 1942, while visiting her sister who worked in Washington, D.C., Hilma met Stan Lyon, and their friendship bloomed through much correspondence. His service with the U. S. Navy separated them for a time, but they were married in Reno on June 3, 1945, and enjoyed 65 great years together. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Susan and Rick, who brought much happiness to their parents. Hilma loved the outdoors, and through the years, the family enjoyed hiking, backpacking in the Sierras, swimming, fishing, sail boating at Tahoe, downhill and cross-country skiing, and as much travel as they could squeeze in. With another couple, they built a cabin near Markleeville, California, and enjoyed many happy times, good hikes and soaking in the Hot Springs there. Hilma also enjoyed playing bridge with her good friends for many years. After her retirement, Hilma traveled to Scandinavia and was very happy to meet Swedish and Finnish relatives that she had never before known.

She was active in Sunday School teaching and other services in several churches through the years, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers' Association, Retired Public Employees of Nevada, and a lifetime member of the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks, where she particularly enjoyed the Operation School Bell, providing clothing to disadvantaged school children.

Hilma is survived by her husband, Stan Lyon, daughter Susan Ryan of Odessa, Washington, brother Ccl. Floyd E. Wikstrom (Ret.) and his wife, Betty, of Fox Island, Washington, her sister, Lillian Robinett, of San Francisco, California, granddaughters Brenna Jackson, Tristan Ryan and T. M'Kenzie Ryan, and great-granddaughter M'Kenna Jackson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, son Richard, and her sister, Julia O'Shaughnessy.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at The Church, 1205 North McCarran Blvd., Reno (East of Sutro St. on the north side of McCarran near Clear Acre.) In lieu of flowers, please consider donations remembering Hilma to The Church, to the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks, or Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 17, 2011
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