Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 28, 2012

Brianne Elizabeth Lyons


TRAVERSE CITY — Brianne Elizabeth Lyons was born on May 8, 1983, in Saint Joseph, to Matthew and Paula (Schmaltz) Lyons.

She grew up in Traverse City, graduating from Traverse City Christian School in 2001.

She dearly loved her siblings, Timothy and Grace Lyons. Brianne's interests included art, theatre (drama) and photography. She also loved horses and cats, especially her cat, Baby.

Brianne had a very special heart for both children and missions. She served her Lord and Savior actively by serving in Ireland and Romania with Youth With A Mission. Currently she was serving a two-year commitment in Rustenburg, South Africa. She was working in an orphanage with YWAM helping with teen outreach programs.

Brianne is survived by her father, Matthew Lyons, of Traverse City; her brother, Timothy Lyons, with the Air Force stationed in Japan; her sister, Grace Lyons, of Traverse City; grandmothers, Lois Schmaltz, of Watervliet, and Mary Lyons, of Northport; aunts and uncles, David Schmaltz, of Colorado, Mike and Debbie Lyons, of Davisburg, Steve and Phyllis Lyons, of Colorado, Dave and Julie Lyons, of Colorado, Mandy Lyons ReBone, of Traverse City, and Becky and Kent Holton, of Northport; and cousins, Emma Lyons, Rea Lyons, Branden Finnila and Andrew ReBone.

Brianne was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Allen Schmaltz and Dr. Robert Lyons.

Brianne was taken from us in a tragic automobile accident along with her mother, Paula, on Oct. 19, 2012. We will greatly miss her humor, her joy for life, her passion and devotion to missions and her love for her Savior.

Brianne, our joys will be greater, our love will be deeper and our lives will be fuller because we shared your bright and shining moment.

A memorial service for Brianne and her mother, Paula, will be held at New Hope Community Church on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Brianne to YWAM Tyler, PO Box 3000, Garden Valley, Texas 75771.

Please visit Brianne's webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a message or memory with her family.