The Fay Family: Joanne Fay Lyons

Joanne Fay Lyons (1943 - 2004)
from "The Leader" of 3/22/2004
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Sunday, March 21, 2004
CORNING | Joanne Fay Lyons, age 60, died peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2004 in her home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years, David Lyons; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and John Chevalier of Cincinnati, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law Sean and Lisa Lyons of Potomac Falls, Virginia; and son, Kent Lyons of Atlanta, Georgia; sisters, Jan Fay Thompson of Katonah, New York, and Judy Fay Donahue, Lake of the Woods, California. Joanne is preceded in death by her father, Lt. Colonel Kent Fay, killed and buried in France during World War II, and her mother, Mildred Steckler Fay, who died in 1962.
Joanne had courageously lived with pancreatic cancer for three years. She gained strength from a host of "angel friends," along with wonderful medical guidance from Dr. Eileen O'Reilly and Dr. Ghassan Abou-Alfa at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Dr. William Muuse at Falck Cancer Center in Elmira. During her life, her inspiration, guidance and friendships moved like ripples through the water to her many friends and relatives around the United States.
Joanne was raised in Woodville and Sherman, Connecticut, and Chap-paqua, New York before graduating from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire. As a nurturing mother, wife and homemaker, she spread her love throughout the towns where she and her husband lived: Corning, N.Y., Louisville, KY, Bluffton, IN, New Martinville, WV, and Martinsburg, WV. Joanne channeled her significant energy into civic activities such as Scouting, Little League, and her children's school activities. In Martinsburg, Joanne volunteered as a sheltering home for babies awaiting adoption. More recently, she enjoyed making quilts for family and friends to remember her by. Wherever she lived, Joanne's greatest joy was in making her homes the focus of holiday and vacation gatherings for her large, extended family. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and other family members, with whom she was generous in sharing, not only with her home, but the gifts of her well-earned wisdom and advice.