Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 28, 2012

Paula Lynn (Schmaltz) Lyons


TRAVERSE CITY — Paula Lynn (Schmaltz) Lyons was born on Oct. 17, 1954, in St Joseph, to Alan and Lois Schmaltz.

She grew up in Watervliet, graduating from the Watervliet High School in 1973. She attended Western Michigan University, graduating with an arts degree in 1977. She later went back to school to achieve getting her master's degree to be a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Paula had a passion for horses and teaching local youth, and she passed on that passion to her daughters, friends and neighbors.

Paula had participated in 4-H when she was a teenager in Berrien County. She later on was an enthusiastic member of the Carousel 4-H Club, sharing her passion for showing with her kids, for many years in Traverse City. Her passion and influence will be missed in her 4-H community.

Paula is survived by her mother, Lois Schmaltz; her brother, Dave Schmaltz; her two children, Timothy and Grace Lyons; her aunt, JoAnne Goodrich; and many loving relatives.

Paula was preceded in death by her father, Alan Schmaltz.

Paula passed away in an automobile accident while visiting her beloved daughter, Brianne Lyons, in South Africa. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and the members of her congregation in "The Orchard" church.

The memorial service for Paula will be held at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg at the same time as her beloved daughter, Brianne. The service will be from 3 to 4 p.m., and Pastor Ken Wilson will be speaking.

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