March 3, 1936 - January 13, 2022
Helen Gorey Lyons, 85, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 13, 2022. She was born on March 3, 1936 in Paris, Kentucky, the second of seven children, to the late James and Margaret O'Hearn Gorey. Helen graduated from Lexington Catholic High School and Marquette University. After marrying William "Bill" John Lyons in Paris, Kentucky on April 28, 1962, the newlyweds relocated to Jacksonville where Helen taught at Assumption Catholic School prior to having children and later taught at St. Paul's Catholic School (Riverside) for over 20 years. Helen was a giving person of deep faith who led by example. She never met a stranger, called on every birthday, provided kind words and support, was patient and put her family first. All were welcome at 2747 Riverside Ave, the family home for 50 years. Breakfast after Christmas Midnight Mass was an annual tradition. If the front door happened to be locked, friends and family knew the spare key was hanging on the back of the old church pew on the front porch. Helen is survived by her loving husband Bill of nearly sixty years; five children, Will (Julie), Mike (De), Molly (Mark) Dunn, Kevin and Tim (Rebecca); sister, Alice Taylor, Lexington, KY. "Gumbo" is also survived by ten grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Lucy, Patrick, Grace, Kevin, Jack and Adeline Lyons; Helen, Ethan and Lillie Dunn. Helen was blessed with many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; brothers, James, Owen, Edward and Robert; sister, Ann Northam; grandson, Andrew Lyons. The family extends our deepest gratitude to Margaret Mosher, NP, who provided compassionate health care to Helen in her later years which greatly improved her quality of life. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 22nd at St. Paul's Catholic Church located in Riverside (2609 Park St, 32204) followed by a reception in the Church auditorium. Arrangements are under the care of Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Paul's Catholic School, the Friends of Willow Branch Library, the charity of your choice or perform a kind act in Helen's honor.
Helen Gorey Lyons, 85, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, January 13, 2022. She was born on March 3, 1936 in Paris, Kentucky, the second of seven children, to the late James and Margaret O'Hearn Gorey. Helen graduated... View Obituary & Service Information
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