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Mary Elizabeth LYONS

Neighbours, friends and family are mourning the passing of Mary who left us peacefully on October 4, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Born in Kingston on October 1, 1932, she was the daughter of Gertrude (Tetro) Lyons and William Lyons. She attended Queen's University in the early 1950s where she earned a BA and a BPHE and went on to earn her Masters at SUNY in 1971. Starting her career teaching high school Physical Education in Port Colborne and Burlington, she went on to become a pioneering leader in women's athletics. She helped create a place for women in sport and physical education through a long career on the faculty at York University beginning in the 1960s as Coordinator of Women's Athletics and was involved with the Faculty of Education overseeing and instructing in the physical education teachers' stream. At the time of her retirement in 1993 she was acting Director of Athletics and Recreation and a Senior Lecturer and had served as president of the Ontario-Quebec Women's Conference of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Ontario Women's Interuniversity Athletic Association and as a director of the Canadian Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Union and the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. Many acknowledge Mary's tireless dedication to creating opportunities for those who came after her; she was recognized for these efforts with a place in York University's Athletic Hall of Fame and recognition as a Founding Contributor of The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport. An avid golfer, she spent decades playing at Trafalgar Golf & Country Club where she also served on the executive and as President of the Business Ladies Section in 1981-82. She relished the adventures that came with her travels with good friends and took trips every year to Victoria and the Muskokas and those further afield to Africa and Europe. She was an active member of the University Women's Club where she attended all manner of committees and especially adored her bridge groups. She will be deeply missed by both her family and the family she created; the many neighbours and friends who were fortunate enough to be in Mary's life, sharing holiday and birthday dinners, the arrival of grandchildren, travel adventures, home ownership details and – as she declined – her final days. Heartfelt thanks goes to the dedicated and caring staff at Credit Valley Hospital. Visitation will be held at Turner & Porter "Neweduk-Erin Mills" Chapel (1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga, 905-828-8000) on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church (2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow. Because of Mary's deep belief in education, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Mississauga Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be made through

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Published in Toronto Star on Oct. 7, 2014.
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October 21, 2014
A pioneer in her field. A great neighbour. Unfailingly cheerful. Going to be missed.

Bill and Ruth Ann Reid + the Reid girls, Sadie and Sophie
October 7, 2014
Cha Gheill, Mary. Rest in peace. I have good memories of Queen's PHE Women Alumnae get-togethers.
Barbara Johnston
October 7, 2014
Mary Lyons a true York University Pioneer May God welcome you in you new arena in the heaven !!!
Your Fellow York University Yeomen Football Alumni in Success

Garry Chernest class of (78)
Stong College
York University
October 7, 2014
Rest in peace Mary. We are all missing you.

- Lovely Nails
Kim & Phil Nguyen
October 7, 2014
Love you Mary.
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