TRAVERSE CITY — TRAVERSE CITY -- Family and friends are mourning the deaths of a Traverse City mother and her daughter, who were killed when their car was involved in a crash near Rustenburg, South Africa, Oct. 19.
Paula Schmaltz Lyons, 58, had traveled to South Africa to be with her daughter, Brianne Elizabeth Lyons, 29, who was in the country doing mission work. The two had spent about 10 days together and both were preparing to travel back to the United States Oct. 26. Matt Lyons, Brianne's father and Paula's former husband, said the family was notified of the tragedy by authorities in Pretoria.
Services are planned for Monday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg. A full obituary and article will be posted online and in Friday's print edition.