VaVanna M. “Vanna” Lyons

Our loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away on October 8, 2015, at the age of 95. Vanna was born June 17, 1920, in Atlantic Mine, MI, to Dominic and Lucille Ciucci. She will be dearly missed!

Family was her treasure. She loved to sew and she especially enjoyed making Raggedy Ann dolls for her children and grandchildren.

Vanna is survived by her children, Charles (Bonnie) Lyons, Jr., Bud (Audrey) Lyons, Sharon (Jeff) Carey, Jon Lyons, William Lyons, Robert (Glenda) Lyons and Jacquelyn Swager; 25 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and her brother, Robert (Ellen) Ciucci. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 27 years, Charles Lyons, Sr., her parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 son-in-law.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Maranatha Baptist Church, 2300 N. Waverly Rd., Lansing, MI. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be left for her family at

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Arne and Dianna Leiter
October 8, 2015 at 9:27 pm

I love you and will forever miss you

Jim Somers
October 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm

Although I am unable to come down for the service on Saturday, I extend to you all, my most sincere condolences, thoughts, and lots of fond memories of Mrs. Lyons and her family. I think of you all often, and thank you for your friendship and love. Your support for the Somers family when we lost our parents was greatly felt, and I know nothing I say can heal the loss you are experiencing. Sincerely, Dr. James E. Somers (Jim)

Beth Lounds (Willcutt)
October 9, 2015 at 7:14 am

Deepest condolences to the family. Aunt Vanna will truly be missed! May God hold you all in His arms during your time of sorry. Hugs!

Rose Baxter
October 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

My deepest sympathy to all of you. I will miss seeing your Mom as I walk my Mom around Dobie. Vanna was a sweetie and I enjoyed knowing her.

Joni Kirchmeier
October 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

I am so sorry for your loss. She lived a long fulfilling life. My thoughts are with all of you.

Bob and Debbie Shaw Says:
October 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Our thoughts are with your family in this time of sorrow. May your memories be a source of comfort at this time.


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