Obituary: Helen Virginia Lyon Mahoney passes

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Contributed photoHelen Virginia Lyon Mahoney, 91 of Reno, Nev., passed away peacefully June 10, 2009.

Helen Virginia Lyon Mahoney, 91 of Reno, Nev., passed away peacefully June 10, 2009. She was born April 16, 1918, in East Palestine, Ohio, the daughter of Jay and Bessie Lyon.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, James Joseph, in 1999, and her son, Michael Everett, in 1992. Helen will always be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and positive role model by her entire family.

She was always ready for any new adventure, including vintage airplanes, helicopters, motorcycles, numerous motor homes, or a good party. Other hobbies included horses, horse racing, boating, and music. She played the organ all of her life. She was also an excellent golfer.

Helen and Jim enjoyed raising their children in Southern California, but moved to Truckee in 1977 with most of the family members to develop Atlas Contractors, a business they had started in Los Angeles.

Helen is survived by her three children, Jay (Barbara), Clay (Francie), Maureen (Richard); and her five grandchildren, Jake (Heather), Maxwell, Kendyll, Hannah, and Nolan. We will always be proud of the legacy and values that she left with us. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Holy Child for the wonderful care and compassion shown to our mother/grandmother while she was in their home.

Because of Helen’s strong faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we know that she is in heaven with her loved ones and enjoying eternal life.

A graveside funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Truckee Cemetery. Donations may be made in Helens name to a charity of donors choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary (530) 587-4342.

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