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Obituary: Maurine Maxfield Lyons

1927 ~ 2003

Maurine passed away on September 15, 2003 at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo after suffering a ruptured aneurysm in her brain at her Orem home the previous day.

She was born on August 5, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Richard Elton and Edith Roberts Maxfield as the third of seven children. She attended school in Salt Lake, Murray, and Provo, graduating from Springville High School and Brigham Young University (1949). She worked in Salt Lake, Chicago, and at Geneva Steel.

On June 7, 1957 she married 1st Lieutenant Albert Eugene (Gene) Lyons in the Salt Lake temple. Their life together took them around the world, living in Texas, Mississippi, Washington, Alabama, Ohio, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Japan, Arizona, and Utah, finally settling in Orem. During their 46 years of marriage, they lived in 32 different homes. Maurine loved her traveling life and was pleased that she had been to Europe, Asia, and every state in the union except North Dakota and Alaska.

Their marriage was blessed with seven children: Genie of Salt Lake; Jon K. (Sylvia) of Chula Vista, CA; Jeffrey E. (Joanna) of Cedar Hills, UT; James C. of Orem; Michael D. (Jeana) of Pleasant Grove, UT; Richard T. of Orem; and Lisa Ann Van Tassell (Cameron) of Salt Lake.

Maurine was a devoted, fun, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She was outgoing, loving and kind to all she met. She looked for the good, served faithfully and uncomplainingly, and had an indomitable spirit. She was also known for the care she gave to her cooking and canning. She would travel 50 miles to buy just the right peaches, and made the finest pies in the county.

She was deeply religious and loved to serve her Lord and his children. She and Gene served two full-time missions for the LDS Church in New York City and St. Louis. She was a temple worker, family history consultant, a stake missionary, a leader, and a teacher. She loved teaching the youth, and they loved her. Her children's friends were always asking "Can I talk to your mom?"

Maurine is survived by her dear husband, Lt. Col (ret.) Albert E. (Gene) Lyons; her seven children and 20 grandchildren (with three more on the way); her sisters Joyce Long (Richard) of Orem; Janyce Harrison (Kent) of Provo; and Flora Lee Acord (Fletcher deceased). She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Richard, her elder brother and Maurice, her twin and her younger sister, Carol Ann Bush.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cherry Hill 7th Ward, 135 E. 2000 S., Orem. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Berg Mortuary, 185 East Center Street, Provo and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment, Provo City Cemetery.