RENEE LYONS
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Renée Chevalier Lyons  
Passed away suddenly on November 1, 2018. She was born in Washington, DC on August 2, 1931 to John Collins Chevalier and Edna Wilcox Chevalier. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, John and Shaler Chevalier. Renée graduated from Mt. Vernon College in 1952 and married Ensign James "Ace" Lyons April 1954 which started her on a magnificent Navy voyage. She supported her husband Admiral James "Ace" Lyons who was Commander-in-Chief, US Pacific Fleet in every conceivable way. She accompanied him on the historic port visit to China November 3, 1986, the first U.S. Navy task force visit to China in 37 years since the Communist took power. Elegance and doing things first class were her trademarks. She was at ease in hosting many world leaders. Her official dinner parties achieved legendary status. Renée was a world traveler, having visited over 45 countries and lived in several more. Throughout her Navy life, she was a strong participant and activist in local charities. She led the efforts to sponsor an orphanage in Thailand. She has also sponsored scholarships for Navy children. This work she continued after her husband retired by sponsoring an annual charity event at her farm in Warrenton, VA for over 20 years. She was able to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help with the education of Navy children. One of Renée's proudest moments was becoming the sponsor of the cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). Renée had many interests including collecting antiques; miniature doll houses and furniture; raising Bassett Hounds and hosts of other dogs, but her primary focus always remained her family. Renée is survived by her husband, her three children, Michele, Yvonne, Jim, and three grandchildren, Max Slingluff, Zoe Renée Slingluff and James A. Lyons IV. Interment will be at the United States Naval Academy. A service will be held in the Chapel at 10:30, November 8. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to your local SPCA.

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Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 4, 2018.
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November 19, 2018
It was an honor to have known Renee over the past few years. She and Michelle would shop together where I am employed. After assisting them the first time, they became my friends who I loved to see walk in the door! Renee was a lady...a lady who also was funny, warm, caring and kind. She always showed an interest in my life and even invited me to her home (a few times) so I could bring my dog to romp with hers! My big regret is that I allowed the busyness of life get in the way and never went. I will truly miss Renee...she was a wonderful person who touched my life.
Beth Milne
November 17, 2018
My condolences on the passing of Mrs. Lyons. She was so gracious to come to our New Year event with Ace and family members and celebrate with us last year. May you rest in peace.
Alireza Jafarzadeh
November 9, 2018
Renee and I were in Miss. Hawke Dance Recitals at the Wardman Park Theatre in Washington, DC in 1936 to 1942. She was so pretty and so poised. I always cherished being her dance partner. We were just little girls learning to dance! Thoughts and prayers in her memory.
Patricia Smith Daley
November 6, 2018
My condolences on the passing of Mrs. Lyons. Growing up in Greenway Heights she always made me feel special as a child and those memories have lasted 50+ years! I'm sure our Lord has embraced her and makes her feel as special as she made me feel as a child. I wipe a tear for your family's loss and a smile that she has a special place in my heart and memories. Tim
Tim Reilly
November 6, 2018
Renee was so very special. I have forgotten the name of their home in VilleFranche but she was the warm hostess of the USS Salem group. And I had the distinction of taking her to the American Hospital in Nice so she could give birth to Yvonne. Now that is special. You had to love her.
Ace knew how wonderful she was. We all will miss her. Ace, we love you as well.
Allen Ross
November 5, 2018
Grant L. Hopkins & Helga S. Zahorchak are deeply saddened by the loss of Renee. She was a wonderful person and we both remember her love of dogs, especially Rocky & Boomer.

Her smile was captivating & her sense of humor was infectious.
There are no words to properly express our sadness.

Our deepest condolences to Admiral Lyons and the Lyons family
November 5, 2018
Aunt Renee was always the bell of the ball. RIP With all my love
Chris Chevalier
November 5, 2018
Renee was a very special and unique lady. She did know how to throw a party!!! I will miss her.
Anne Hall
November 4, 2018
I so enjoyed Renee's sense of humor and always enjoyed the parties that she elegantly hosted. Farewell dear lady, may you rest in peace.
Marsha Krueger
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