Ellen Christine Lyons


November 23, 1952 - March 31, 2013

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Anchorage resident, Mrs. Ellen Christine (Schmid) Lyons, 60, passed away March 31, 2013, at her home in Anchorage.

A celebration of life will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. in Anchorage.

Ellen was born November 23, 1952 to Frederick “Fritz” Eugene & Leona Jean (Hughes) Schmid in Corning, CA. Ellen studied at the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science and had earned Magna Cum Laude in Medical Technology. A beloved mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend, Ellen was a role model graduating from college in her 30s. She first moved to Alaska in 1969 and met her husband, Bruce at the airport bar at the Anchorage Airport. Bruce and Ellen married at Big Lake on August 11, 1972. Soon thereafter, they went to California for a bit and had their children, Joanna in 1976 and Greg in 1978. Returning in 1981, Ellen lived in Anchorage ever since. She worked at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage for 15 years.

Ellen loved to experiment and create works of art in stained glass, glass fusing, beading, painting, photography and needle point. Her beading was sold in Homer at an art gallery. Ellen was generous with her art and took delight in creating that “perfect” item for her friends and family. Ellen really loved ocean waves and big redwood forests. Her heart was always in Northern California in Mendocino with fond memories of her parents and sister.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; cousin, Laverne Love; and brother in-law, Ed Salm. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Bruce Lyons of Anchorage, AK; son and fiancée, Greg Lyons and Ophelia Yang of Anchorage, AK; daughter and son in-law, Joanna Lyons-Antley & David Antley of Klamath Falls, OR; sister, Karen Schmid of Anchorage, AK; brother and sister in-law, Martin & Christy Schmid of Redding, CA; nephew, Tanner Schmid of Redding, CA; niece, Becky Kolb of Anderson, CA; and cousin, Danielle Love of San Diego, CA.

Memorial contributions may be made to KAKM (PBS Station) www.alaskapublic.org/kakm.

Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory. Please visit Ellen’s obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com