BARRE — Grace Lyon Mumma passed away on July 25, 2018, at Barre Gardens in Barre, Vermont.
Grace was born in a small house in West Brookfield, Vermont, on Sept. 16, 1919, the daughter of Charles and Luna (Annis) Dolan.
She attended schools in Northfield and graduated from Elie Beauty Academy in Burlington. Grace was a hairdresser for many years in Northfield, Fairlee and Lake Worth, Florida.
In 1946, she married William Lewis “Lou” Lyon and lived in Northfield and Northfield Falls for 25 years. In 1971, she and Lou moved to Florida where she lived until 2005. In the years after Lou’s death in 1982, Grace was remarried to Lester Mumma, who died in 1994.
Grace had always spent vacations in Vermont with her family, and returned to Northfield for summers beginning in 2000. In 2005, she moved back to Vermont to be near her family. Her final years were spent at Barre Gardens.
Grace is survived by her three sons William “Bill” Lyon and his wife, Ann, of Northfield, Ronald Lyon and his wife, Patty, of Berlin, and David Lyon and his wife, Cherie, of Northfield. She was predeceased by a baby boy.
She is also survived by the following grandchildren Kimberly and David Abare, John and Jennifer Lyon, Jennifer and Wendy Lyon-Horne, Michael and Gretchen Lyon, Christopher Lyon and Brendan O’Leary, Laurie and Kevin Duke, Amanda and Dirk Vandeveer and Shaina and Josh Newton.
She leaves the following great-grandchildren: David and Garrett Abare, Savannah Lyon, Amelia, Maybel, Juliette and Vivian Lyon-Horne, and Bryleigh, Riffin and Chase Duke.
Grace is also survived by step- children and step-grandchildren from her marriage to Lester Mumma:
She was also predeceased by the following brothers and sister Howard Dolan and his wife, Jean, Carlton Dolan and his wife, Albertine, and Bernice “Bunny” Dolan; and Lou’s siblings Lila Raquet, Martin Lyon and Don Lyon.
She is survived by a sister, Barbara (Gary) Leach and her daughters, Lori (Eric) McGraw and Didi (Jeff) Kinaman; her nephews Jeff and Jim (Paula) Dolan and their families. Grace is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews from her family, as well as her late husbands’ families.
Grace enjoyed many very special friendships both in Florida and Vermont. Her Florida “family,” Paul and Marge Hamlin, Verinha Chun, and Ruth and Doug Day, were an important, loving part of her life; and special friendships in Vermont included Angie Rhines, and former Northfield school classmates Muriel and Frank Archer and Bernice and Rosario Cadorette.
After her return to Vermont, many friendships were renewed and cherished. Grace loved all animals, and her life was enriched by her pets, including her special cats that she also considered family members. During her life, Grace visited and cared for many ill or aging friends who needed a helping hand. She also cared for her two husbands during their prolonged illnesses. Grace’s enjoyment of Florida’s warm weather and ocean was evenly matched by her pleasure in Vermont’s beauty with its green mountains and seasonal changes. And, Grace found wonderful, caring people in both places. Caregivers from Tender Loving Home Care and the loving people at Barre Gardens became good friends and made her last years very special.
In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. in the West Brookfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Grace’s memory may be made to the Barre Gardens Activity Fund, Tender Loving Home Care, 378 Prospect St., Barre, VT 05641; Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05602; or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen S t . , Framingham, MA 01701.
Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield is in charge of arrangements.