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Obituary: Rita Carol Lyons

Rita Carol Lyons, 75, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Payson, Ariz.

Rita was born on Jan. 25, 1937, in Escanaba, Mich., to Richard Carlton and Beatrice Louise Jackson. Her family moved to Tucson, Ariz., in August of 1948. Rita graduated from the Tucson High School in 1955. She married her high school sweetheart, Jackie Lee Lyons, on Oct. 7, 1955, and was married 54 years. She lived all over the western United States and England but called Arizona home, living in Prescott Valley for 21 years. She worked as a medical records coder, was a homemaker, seamstress and unique crafter, and had a servant role at her church.

She is survived by her daughters Kim Nees, Kathy Ben-Shalom (husband Danton), Kelly Allison (husband John); grandson Clint Chatfield (partner Paige Willcoxson); granddaughters Shelby Ben-Shalom and Sarah Allison and Hannah Allison; one great-grandson, Ryder Willcoxson; sister Neita Pineda (husband Lino); twin brothers Al Argue (wife Jackie) and Cal Argue (wife Angie); sister-in-law Thelma Bambauer (husband Bill); and her church family at First Southern Baptist Church in Prescott Valley. She is preceded in death by her husband Jackie Lee Lyons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley, Youth Group, 2820 N. Pleasant View Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Prescott Valley followed by a luncheon that all family and friends are invited to attend. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Glendale, Ariz.

Services are entrusted to Messinger Payson Funeral Home in Payson.

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