, Salem, MA

May 10, 2013

Rebecca (Foster) Russell Lyons, 88

ARVADA, CO — Mrs. Rebecca (Foster) Russell Lyons, 88, formerly of Salem, Mass., and Putney, Vt., died on May 3, 2013, at the Lakewood Meridian after a long illness.

Born June 23, 1924, and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Chandler H. and Dorothy M. (Perkins) Foster. Educated in Salem schools, Rebecca graduated from Salem High School at the age of 16 in 1940. She went on to graduate from National Park College near Washington, D.C. She was predeceased by her first husband, Donald B. Russell of Salem, Mass., in 1972 after 18 years of marriage. She was predeceased by her second husband, William R. Lyons of Putney, Vt., in 2003 with whom she shared nearly 30 wonderfully happy years of marriage.

Mrs. Lyons found great joy throughout three very distinct chapters in her lifetime, nearly 50 years in Salem, the next 30 in Putney, Vt., and her last years in Arvada, Colo. Her resiliency and her ability to cope with the changing circumstances in her life never ceased to amaze those around her. She was employed as a bookkeeper at various firms in the Boston area, was controller at Windham College, Lister for the town of Putney, dabbled in the antiques business, was active in the Brattleboro Garden Club, played bridge with friends, and travelled extensively. Mrs. Lyons was most well-known for the miniature floral arrangements she crafted and sold at Dollhouse and Miniature shows all over the country. She and her husband, Bill were known as “Lyons Crafts and Collectables”. He created dollhouse furniture and she made intricate floral arrangements which were sought after by many.

Rebecca moved to the Arvada Meridian, a retirement community in Arvada, Colo., in 2003. She made many wonderful friends there and became an active member of her community. She most enjoyed being able to spend time with her younger daughter and her family.

Rebecca was the loving mother of two daughters, Dawn Russell Sullivan of Brimfield, Mass., and Lissa Russell Gallagher of Arvada, Colo.; and her two sons-in-law, Paul E. Sullivan and Mark T. Gallagher. She was the devoted grandmother of five grandchildren whom she loved very much, Rebecca Fetty of Ft. Worth, Texas, Katharine Churma of Ledyard, Ct., Nathan Cowing of Arvada, Colo., Stephen Blais of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Emily Cowing of Arvada, Colo. She never met her only great grandchild, one month old Clara Fetty. Mrs. Lyons is also survived by a cousin, Sylvia Marble, and nieces, Stephanie Foster Kidd and Sarah Foster, among other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Stephen Foster in 1986, her niece, Susan Foster in 2001, and her very close first cousin, Barbara Perkins, in 2008. She will be sorely missed by many friends and relatives.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held for Mrs. Lyons at Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Local arrangements are by the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, by Salem Common, Salem. Donations may be made in her memory to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1150 17th St., NW, Suite 850, Washington, D.C., 20036; or to The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA, 02284-9168. For on line guest book, visit