Lyons, Aleta D. GLENMONT Aleta D. Whitbeck Lyons, 71, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, September 4, 2021, with her loving family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Phoebe Whitbeck. She was born and raised in Ravena. Aleta was a 1968 graduate of R-C-S High School. Along with her sister, Dorothea, they owned and operated the Windflower florist shop in Glenmont and then Delmar for many years. Aleta volunteered at St. Thomas the Apostle School for many years before being hired as a kindergarten aide. She painted hundreds of rocks for the Delmar Rocks that were placed around Delmar for many people to enjoy. She was a lifelong active member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Ravena. Survivors include her loving husband, William Lyons; children, Arvid (Ally) Johnson, Oren (Debbie) Johnson, William Lyons Jr., Leah (David) Leonard, Renee Crimes, Shawn (Jenn) Lyons, Dalton Lyons and Shayla Lyons; sister, Phebe Archebald; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Aleta was predeceased by her brother, Robert Whitbeck Jr.; and sisters, Marilyn Anderson, M. Jacquelin Bleau and Dorothea Backlund. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 10, in St. Thomas The Apostle Church, Delmar. Interment will be in Grove Cemetery, Coeymans. Friends may call at the church on Thursday, September 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions in memory of Aleta may be made to Aleta Lyons Scholarship Fund, St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 42 Adams Place, Delmar, NY, 12054.
Published by Albany Times Union on Sep. 8, 2021.