WILMINGTON, MA — Eleanor R. Lyons (Maher), fondly known as “Little Honey”, age 72, of Wilmington, formerly of Waltham, passed away on October 31, 2019, at the Winchester Hospital.
Eleanor was born on September 16, 1947, in Waltham, Mass. She was the cherished daughter of the late William and Eleanor Maher. Eleanor was raised and educated in Waltham and a graduate of Rosary Academy in Watertown. She went on to further her education at Faulkner Hospital, getting her certificate as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, and worked for Dedham Medical Center in Dedham, Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick and Edith Norse Rogers Veterans Hospital in Bedford.
Eleanor was considering taking a position on the SS Hope, a floating hospital, when she met her “sweetheart,” Joseph Lyons. The couple married on September 7, 1968; celebrating over 50 years together. They moved to Wilmington in 1973 where they raised two wonderful children, Kenny and Missy. Eleanor was a very devoted wife and mother; she was very active with her children’s activities throughout the years and was the head of the Wilmington Pop Warner Cheerleaders in the late 70’s early 80’s and on their Board of Directors. Eleanor especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren. They were a bright light in her life, and she just adored them.
When her family was grown, Eleanor went back to school at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, and became a Certified Medical Assistant, an accomplishment she was very proud of. Eleanor continued to work in the medical field, always caring for her patients needs before retiring in 2000.
Eleanor will be remembered for her devotion to her family, friends and patients. She was very caring and thoughtful and will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Eleanor was the beloved wife of 51 years to Joseph R. Lyons, Jr., devoted mother of Kenneth Lyons and his wife Molly of Arlington, as well as Melissa “Missy” Hughes and her husband, Keith, of Webster. Loving “Grammy” of Sadie, Jill and Fiona Lyons, Jake and Cole Ford, Jake and Owen Hughes. Cherished daughter of the late William and Eleanor (Brown) Maher, dear sister of the late William “Billy” Maher, sister-in-law of Richard and Jean Lyons of Plano, Texas and Lauren Maher, Aunt of Richard Lyons and Katherine Wall of Dallas, Texas.
Family and friends will gather at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave (Rte. 62) in Wilmington, Mass on Wednesday, November 6 at 9 a.m. A funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, at 10 a.m. will follow. Interment will take place in Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at Nichols Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 5, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Eleanor’s memory may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, Attn: Development, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135.
(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)
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