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Ruth M. Lyon

Ruth M. (White) Lyon 95, of Ithaca passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Ruth was born August 12, 1924 in Wallingford, Vermont, to Carl and Marion (Sheehan) White. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1946. Ruth married Howard H. Lyon Jr. on June 22, 1946, and celebrated 70 years of marriage with Howard before his passing.

Ruth moved to Ithaca, NY, in 1949 when Howard became a graduate student at Cornell. She worked as a photographer' s assistant for Cornell's Natural Resources Department from 1965 to 1982.

Ruth was an avid golfer for 35 years. In the 1980's Ruth and Howard operated a business called "Lens of Lyon" which produced calendars and postcards of the Finger Lakes Region.

Ruth was also very active with the University of Vermont alumni association and served as president of her class for several years.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Martha J. Lyon (Chris Pelkie) of Ithaca and Debra L. Sharp (Charles) of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Jessica L. Cummings (Michael) of Walpole, MA, and Gregory L. Sharp (Laura Llovet) of San Jose, CA; great-grandson, Chase Cummings; sister, Jane Brown of Rutland, VT; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by husband Howard and daughter Nancy.

The family wishes to thank the Classen Home Health aides, Hospicare and her wonderful neighbors for their care and support.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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I worked with Ruth during the 1970s at Natural Resources. She was such a wonderful friend and mentor. We kept in touch for many years. She and Howard will truly be missed. My condolences to the family.

Sybil Young Jan 6 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Mrs. Lyon (as we called our elders then) as a caring, kind Girl Scout Troop leader back in the 1960s in Bethel Grove. My Mom,Tillie Fertig, 93, who lives at Cross Keys Village in PA, sends her condolences also.

Sheela Fertig Hall Dec 3 2019 12:00 AM