Lila Helen Lyons

A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Leavenworth Tuesday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

Died at home September 30, 2019.  She was born to Arthur and Eva (Farnham) Burke, April 30, 1921 in Taroda, Washington.  She was predeceased by husband Joseph M. Lyons (2002) shortly after their 60th anniversary, son Timothy (2019) and siblings Floyd, Evelyn and Irma. Her early years were spent on a wheat ranch and a farm, later moving to Seattle as a young woman where she met Joe Lyons at their boarding house. Married in 1942, he worked at Boeing until drafted in 1944. After the war, they moved to his home town of Wenatchee to raise their family, where they enjoyed scouting, camping, skiing, and time at their cabin at Lake Chelan. Lila was employed for many years at the Wenatchee Valley College, first in the library then as assistant to the Dean of Education. After retiring, they moved to Leavenworth and enjoyed an active life with golf, skiing, hiking, church & community activities, and hosting many parties at their home on the river. Lila worked diligently with Joe to turn their property into a flowered woodland delight. They also travelled extensively to Hawaii, Mexico, across Canada, the East Coast, UK and Europe.

Lila was an extensive collector of antique glassware and English pottery and for several years kept a booth at an antique store.  She volunteered much of her time to local citizenship classes teaching English, Upper Valley MEND’s Community Cupboard and the Free Clinic. Friends looked forward to the weekly Bible study classes and bridge groups at her home. 

Survivors include sons Michael (Ellen) and John, both of Seattle, daughter Terri (Steve) Warehime of Maryland, Ashley Lyons (Tim deceased) of Texas, Marni Moore of Bellingham, 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; Aletha (Lyons) Cusick of Wenatchee, and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Leavenworth Tuesday, October 8 at 1 p.m., fellowship to follow.  Donations in Lila’s name may be made to Upper Valley MEND:


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