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Theodora Dokter Lyons

Theodora D. Lyons

April 22, 1915 ~ February 17, 2013

Theodora Dokter Lyons (97) of Kirkland Washington, passed away peacefully of natural causes. She was born on her parent's homestead near Doty Washington. After graduating from Pe Ell High School, she moved to Seattle and attended secretarial school. Her first job was as secretary to the Dean of Education at the University of Washington. She met and married her husband, Victor, (who preceded her in death in 1977) and they had three children. They moved to Rose Hill just east of Kirkland in 1948.

After the children all entered school in the Lake Washington School District, Dora started working at Rose Hill Elementary School. She worked as a secretary at a number of schools throughout the district finally ending up at Mark Twain for her final term of service. She stored up a wealth of wonderful memories of the teachers, administrators, and three generations of children she worked with. All remember her as a dear and capable employee of the Lake Washington School district for 28 years.

After retirement, she traveled extensively with friends including a trip to her parent's homeland of Austria. She was an active member of the Rose Hill Study Club for 50 years. Dora enjoyed hiking and gardening earning the nickname of "Flora Dora" for her vast knowledge of Northwest flora and fauna.

Dora was a wonderful loving mother and is survived by her three children: Douglas Lyons of Poulsbo and his wife Carol, Tamara Dambis of Wenatchee and her husband Lee, and Charles Lyons of Woodinville and his wife Arlene. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Dora will be missed by the many people she touched during her life and will be greatly missed.

At her request there will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her memory to the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation.

Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013
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