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Life Sketch of Mary Cleo Hansen Lyons (1916 - 2003)

Life Sketch of Mary Cleo Hansen Lyons, written by herself.


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1 Table of Contents
2 Personal History
2a Childhood
2b Family
2c Church
2d A Favorite Poem
3 Don's addendum
4 Obituary
5 Genealogy program generated data for Mary Cleo Hansen Lyons
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Personal History


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Childhood

I was born on June 9, 1916, in Richfield, Utah. I was the 9th child of 11; there were 3 girls and 8 boys in my family.

I moved to Salt Lake City when I was 9 years old. I attended Whittier Grade School, South Junior High School and South Senior High School. I went to Beauty school and was working in a shop when I got married. I met Albert at the Cocoanut Grove Dance Hall. We really enjoyed dancing together. The girls in our neighborhood would go to the dance and one night he asked to take me home and that was how we got acquainted. My Mother thought he was a nice fellow but when she knew we were getting serious she was a little concerned because he did not belong to the Church but after about 2 years she gave her consent and we got married on January 29, 1937. He gave me a diamond ring in the old anarback parking lot during a big snowstorm.


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Family

Albert was working for the Union Pacific Railroad. He worked night shift most of the time and I worked in a shop six days a week. This didn't work out very well and so I quit. Albert worked for the railroad for 45 years. We had the opportunity to enjoy our railroad pass and enjoyed traveling and visiting friends and family using our passes.

Our family started in 1938 - 1st twin girls - then 2 more girls - then finally a boy, then another girl.

As the children came along, I worked at different jobs to help with expenses - worked at Granite Bakery when it was on State street. Clause Doris was the baker and a real good one. I specially liked his raisin bread and his sweet rolls. As the family got larger and Albert wasn't making enough to take care of our family, I went to work (at Holy Cross Hospital) on the afternoon shift as an aid and also in the Supply Department. He was good to fix dinner for our family, get them to bed and then come and get me at 11:00 p.m. We kept real busy after he joined the church May 16, 1941. I was real happy and so was my Mother. We got real active in the Whittier Ward. My mother was a wonderful babysitter. One vacation we came home from California and was so happy to see our babies, but was surprised when we picked them up to give them a Love and one had no panties on and the other had two pair on. Mother was really embarrassed.

In 1941 Albert joined the church which made me very happy. On June 30, 1942, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple and had three little daughters sealed to us. Our six children are all doing well now and I am thankful for each of them. The church has really helped us to grow and be grateful for being members of the church. The children have all done well and are happy in their homes -- most of them active in the church -- and so good to me. When Albert had to retire they were all so good to help me take care of him. He really had the patience of Job. He was really proud of Marilyn as she progressed in her desire to go to school and become professor in the nursing field. She has been a real help to me since he passed away on September 1, 1981.

My children have been a real comfort to me through the years. They all live close and are all happy. What a wonderful blessing. My children are Marilyn who is a nurse and served on a mission to Tonga; Carolyn who is married, has 2 sons, and served on a mission to the Western States; Bonnie who is married, has 6 children and 2 grandchildren; Nancy who is married, has 2 children and works for Mountain Bell Telephone; Bert who is married, has 5 children and works for the Union Pacific Railroad; Dianna who is married, has 1 child and works for ATT.


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Church

I have enjoyed accepting callings that have been real blessings to me. I worked in P.T. A. When the children were young. I was active in U. P. Jr. Old Timers.

My church callings - Primary 20 years, Jr. Sunday School, Relief Society Counselor, Luncheon chairman.

Now I have Marilyn living close to home and I enjoy going places with her whether it be a pleasure trip or a nursing conference it's nice to go. She has taken me to New York, World's Fair, China, Hawaii, Expo in Canada.


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A Favorite Poem:

A mother's love is ours to keep!
What a priceless thing to know!
Her thoughts stay with us through the years
no matter where we go!
And I think that nothing in this world
will ever rise above
That single, most important thing of all
A Mother's love!

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Don's addendum

This was probably written after May 1986 and before December 1987 based on the note of having 2 grandchildren.

Marilyn lived in Provo in various places renting an apartment or condo until shortly after this time. Marilyn moved to Salt Lake and lived with her until 1990 or 1991 when she bought her condo in Provo. Mom then lived alone for a few years. She wanted Marilyn to move back with her so in stead, we tried to have her live with Marilyn. It didn't last very long before Mom moved back to Salt Lake. Sarah Cook has hired to take care of her until she married ? Cook. For a short time then an agency was hired, but the lasted only a couple of months before Wendy came to care for her in 1997. Marilyn died in 1998. Mom went to the care center in 2001.


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Obituary

Cleo Hansen Lyons

"Our Sunshine"

Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed peacefully from this world after a long struggle with Alzheimer's on August 1, 2003 in Salt Lake City.

Cleo was born June 9, 1916 in Richfield, UT to Amasa and Minnie Hansen. Married Albert Lyons Jan 29, 1937, marriage solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 5, 1942. She was an active member of the LDS Church where she served diligently in all her callings. She will be remembered for her loving smile, generosity, divinity and chocolate chip cookies.

Survived by children, Carolyn (Don) Engstrom, Bonnie (Darold) Galloway, Nancy (Steve) Anderson, Albert Jr. (MarySue) Lyons, Dianna (Dan) Kizerian; 17 grandchildren; 22 great- grandchildren; brothers, Edwin (Lucille) Hansen, Kenneth (Ruby) Hansen. Preceded in death by husband, Albert, daughter, Marilyn, and eight siblings.

Cleo and her family wish to thank the many people of Heritage Eastridge who worked hard to make her final years and moments comfortable.

Services will be Tues. Aug 5, 2003, 11 a.m. at Lake Hills Mortuary Chapel, 10055 S. State St., Sandy, UT. A viewing will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to services.

Published in Deseret News on August 3, 2003


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Genealogy program generated data for Mary Cleo Hansen Lyons

Mary Cleo "Cleo" Hansen was born on 9 Jun 1916 in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States. She died on 1 Aug 2003 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States from dementia, vascular due to advanced age. She was buried on 5 Aug 2003 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Cleo married Albert Lewis Lyons Sr., son of George Emery Lyons Sr. and Ruth Hazel Sainsbury, on 29 Jan 1937 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Albert was born on 17 Jul 1909 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He died on 1 Sep 1981 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States from Cardiac arrest due to arterioxclerotic heart disease and polymyoritis. He was buried on 4 Sep 1981 in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Albert worked as Union Pacific Railroad passenger ticket agent in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

They had the following children.

  1 F Marilyn Cleo Lyons was born on 2 Jun 1938 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died on 8 Sep 1998 in Orem, Utah, Utah, United States from Uterine cancer. She was buried on 14 Sep 1998 in Sandy, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Marilyn worked as Professor of Nursing, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.
  2 F Carolyn Ruth Lyons was born on 2 Jun 1938 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
      Carolyn married Donald Emmett Engstrom, son of Darwin Engstrom and Helen Isabel Manning, on 14 Feb 1964 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Donald was born on 24 Mar 1936 in Cheyenne, Laramie, Wyoming, United States.
  3 F Bonnie Jean Lyons was born on 27 Aug 1940 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Bonnie worked as Office Manager, Sun Play Swimming Pools in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
      Bonnie married Darold Edwin Galloway, son of Charles Edwin Galloway and Florence Laone Austin, on 12 Jun 1958 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Darold was born on 26 Feb 1935 in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States.
Darold worked as Owner -Sunplay Pools (Install and sold swimming pools and supplies) in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.
  4 F Nancy Kay Lyons was born on 29 Feb 1944 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Nancy worked as Telephone Company employee in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
      Nancy married Steven L. Anderson "Steve", son of Clyde Leslie Anderson and Betty Lee Windwood, on 6 Nov 1965 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Steve was born on 23 Jan 1943 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Steve worked as Salesman and business manager in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
  5 M Albert Lewis Lyons Jr. was born on 29 Dec 1947 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Bert worked as Union Pacific Railroad diesel locomotive mechanic in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
      Bert married Mary Sue Rollins, daughter of Lewis Tine Rollins and Mary Elizabeth Scott, on 7 Aug 1970 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Mary was born on 14 Oct 1950 in Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States.
  6 F Dianna Lynne Lyons was born on 24 Feb 1953 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
Dianna worked as Telephone company employee in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.
      Dianna married Dan Kizerian, son of David Kizerian and Donna, on 27 Aug 1971 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. Dan was born on 28 Aug 1950 in Vallejo, Solano, California, United States.
Dan worked as fireman in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.