A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Piser Chapels, Skokie, Ill., for Mimi Lyons, 74, a former Niagara Falls teacher who became involved in community organizations and politics in her adopted state.
Mrs. Lyons died Wednesday (Sept. 23, 1998) in her Evanston, Ill., home. The former Mimi Gotthelf was born in Buffalo, graduated from Bennett High School, and went on to earn her teaching credentials at Buffalo State College. She moved to Illinois in 1951.
Before leaving the area, Ms. Lyons was an elementary school teacher in Niagara Falls. She also taught at elementary schools in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and later in Evanston, Ill., where she lived and worked for many years.
Mrs. Lyons, was a member of the Democratic Party in Evanston, the League of Women Voters and campaigned for fair housing in Evanston during the 1960s. She also served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Abner J. Mikva, D-Evanston, and ran her husband's campaign for alderman.
In the 1980s she was active in fund-raising for the Child Care Center of Evanston and volunteered at the Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. Richard E. Lyons of Evanston; three daughters, Deborah Cohen of New York City, Nancy Bogus of Kennewick, Wash., and Joan Lynch of Madison, Wis.; a son, Jeff of Kenfield, Calif.; a brother, Lester Gotthelf of Orchard Park; and seven grandchildren.