Effective 9 pm Saturday, March 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, had mandated by executive order #107 that all New Jersey residents shall remain home or in their place of residence unless they are obtaining essential goods or services from businesses or government agencies. All gatherings of individuals, such as funeral services, parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled.
These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice from the state governor. Due to the current restrictions, there will not be a funeral service for Maggie P. Lyons.
The family is grateful, and would like to extend their sincere thanks, for all the support and condolences from friends and the community in their time of mourning.
Maggie Patricia Lyons, 76, of Neptune, NJ passed away on April 4, 2020. She was born on October 8, 1943 in Durham, NC to the late Willie Toomer and Hazel Markham Toomer. She is the second oldest of seven children.
At the age of eight, her family moved to Asbury Park, NJ. Maggie was educated in the Asbury Park School System. After graduating from high school, she attended Monmouth College, Long Branch, NJ. A few years later, she earned her Associate Degree in Education from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ.
Maggie resided in Neptune with her husband of 47 years, Richard Lyons. They were the esteemed parents of three wonderful sons, Carl of Raleigh, NC, Mark and Michael (twins) who both reside in Neptune, NJ. She was extremely proud of her three grandchildren, Tia, Dason and Avery.
Maggie was employed by First Student as a bus driver, and she had also worked for the Transportation Department for several years. She had worked as a preschool teacher for Asbury Park and Neptune Day Care Centers for twenty years.
Maggie was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Neptune, NJ. She had served as chairperson and co-chairperson for Women’s Day. It was an honor for her when she was asked to assist as co-chairpersons for the Retirement Celebration for her Pastor, Reverend Rufus Goodman – 49 years of leadership. Maggie was always willing to extend a helping hand when and wherever she was needed.
Fraternally, Maggie was very proud to be a member of Gethsemane Assembly No. 33, Order of the Golden Circle. She was a Past Loyal Lady Ruler and had served in several positions after her initiation in June 1993. Loyal Lady Lyons was appointed to serve as State Grand Loyal Lady Outer Guard during the administration of Loyal Lady Blanche Moton State Grand Loyal Lady Ruler.
Maggie was a past Matron of Adah Chapter No. 17, OES, Past District Deputy Grand Matron of the Fourth OES District, Past Grand Assistant Lectured for Oziel Grand Chapter, serving as Grand Trustee, and Co-Chairperson for the New Members Committee, and member of Mahja Court No, 136, Daughters of Isis and Bathsheba Court No. 10, Heroines of Jericho. In November 2009, Loyal Lady Lyons was elected and installed as State Grand Loyal Lady Ruler for the New Jersey State Grand Assembly, Order of the Golden Circle.
Patricia always believed that she had been truly blessed with a “Golden Opportunity” to serve. Her prayer was for God to grant her the serenity to accept the things she cannot change, courage to change the things she can, and the wisdom to know the difference. She believed that as long as you keep the faith, no task is impossible to complete, and nothing worthy of your effort will not be noticed.
“TO GOD BE THE GLORY”
Maggie was predeceased by her husband, Richard E. Lyons. She is survived by her 3 sons, Carl Lyons and wife Michelle, Mark Lyons and wife Tanya, and Michael Lyons and wife Zuleika; 3 grandchildren, Tia, Dason, Avery Lyons; 4 sisters, Hazel Wilson, Yvonne Evans, Pamela Elam, and Rev. Gertrude Davis; 2 brothers, Arthur Toomer and Clarence Toomer; 2 sisters-in-law, Ardee Lyons and Sally Jones; brother-in-law, William Lyons; family friend, Helen Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
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