Mother Dorothy L. Lyons, 80, of Conneaut, Ohio departed this life on Saturday, July 1, 2017, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.
Dorothy was born on July 25, 1936 in Laurel, MS. She was one of eight children born to Wallace and Mary Corine (Terrell) Keyes.
She moved to Ashtabula with her family in 1946 at the age of 10. Dorothy was a member of her fathers church where he was the pastor and master builder of the original Peoples Baptist Church, where she held the position of church secretary. It was at that church where she was introduced to her lifelong partner, Robert Louis Lyons, who was the Choir President at that time. They married on June 26, 1954 and would remain married for 53 years until the love of her life was called home.
Mother Lyons was a faithful servant to the Lord and to the Apostolic Faith Church of God General Assembly, headquarter in Franklin, VA., where she served as the Vice-Bishops wife from 1984-2002. She served at the First Lady and the Bishops wife from 2002 until her husbands crossing over in June of 2007. Mother Lyons also served at First Lady of the First Azusa Apostolic Faith Church of God in Conneaut from 1958 until 2007. Later in 2016, she became pastor until her crossing over. Dorothy served in numerous leadership roles in her pursuit of God. Through the years she served as local Youth Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, Northern District Missionary President, and General Mother. She worked alongside her husband serving the community in various roles including Advisory Board member of the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Conneaut Equal Opportunity Committee, which advocated the opening of doors for minorities of the community and surrounding areas to create a better quality of life for all races. Mrs. Lyons was dedicated to her family, especially her children, in every way she could. She demonstrated her love for God, love for family, and love for people in general by opening her home to anyone in need. Anyone who was blessed enough to cross her path would usually end up calling her, Mamma Lyons affectionately. Her mothering went far beyond her own tribe, she picked up many along the way. She would say, I guess I was born to be a mother. She was a great seamstress, a fabulous everything made from scratch cook, a gardener, a canner, excellent handy woman. Dorothy had a great love for math and history. She loved to study the word of God and was a loving and kind counselor. She always made sure you left her home with a full stomach. Most importantly she enjoyed sharing her love for Christ with others.
Mrs. Lyons is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bishop R. L. Lyons; her parents, Wallace and Corine Keyes; brothers, Paul, Oree and Wallace Keyes, Jr.; and her sisters, Audrey Clark and Loicey Keyes.
She leaves to cherish her memory, six sons, Robert (Shirley) Lyons, Jr. of Cleveland, Elijah Lyons of Kingsville; James Lyons of Ashtabula, Jonathan (Lydia) Lyons of Loganville, GA, Samuel (Ula) Lyons of Norfolk, VA, and Anthony Lyons of Columbus; nine daughters, Mary Warren of Roswell, NM, Harriet (Randolph) Warren of Sedley, VA, Ruth Jones of Columbus, Orala Louise (Mark) Lyons-Sayles of Conneaut, Judy (James) Jackson of Columbus, Rolinda Lyons of Conneaut, Felisha Lyons of Columbus, Telesa (Philip) Wrisley of Ashtabula, and Anita Lyons of Ashtabula; siblings, Ora Tyus of Ashtabula and George Keyes of Columbus; 37 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held, Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8 PM at the First Azusa Apostolic Faith Church of God, 312 Jefferson St., Conneaut (corner of Buffalo and Jefferson St.). Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 8 at 12 NOON at the Peoples Baptist Church, 3837 West Ave., Ashtabula. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Memorials in memory of Mother Lyons may be made in her name to the General Assembly, Bishop R. L. Lyons Fellowship Hall, 680 Oak St., Franklin, Virginia 23851. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Thompson Smith Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut.
Published on  July 5, 2017