Catherine H. Lyons, enjoyed gardening, reading

February 10, 2019

Catherine H. Lyons of Reliance passed away Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Brandywine Senior Living Center in Selbyville, where she had lived for the past four years.  She was born March 27, 1920, in Seaford and spent all of her life in Sussex County. 

Catherine was the daughter of Robert and Radie Allen and attended school in Seaford.  She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford where she worshiped her whole life.  Catherine was a former Sunday school teacher there. She was also a member of the Sussex Chapter No. 7 of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Through the years she enjoyed gardening and reading.

Catherine was married to the late Alvin Lyons, and they lived on a farm in Reliance.  In addition to her parents and her husband, Catherine was preceded in death by her brothers Granville Allen and Virgil Allen; and her daughter Rebecca Garner.  She is survived by her sister Jeannette Lynch of Selbyville; her son Wayne Lyons of Fenwick Island; and her son-in-law Steve Garner of Bridgeville.  She is survived by five grandchildren, David Lyons of Richmond, Va., Shawn Daniel of Alexandria, Va.,, Kelly Gray of South Riding, Va., Erin Miller of Seaford and Brandt Garner of Seaford.  In addition, she is survived by eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Watson-Yates Funeral Home & Crematorium, a Parsell Family Funeral Home, 609 East King St., Seaford, where family and friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Seaford.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends and family members donate to Wesley United Methodist Church, 22025 Atlanta Road, Seaford, DE 19973, in her name.

Catherine’s family would like to thank the staff at Brandywine Senior Living and Delaware Hospice for their thoughtful care given to her.

Please visit Mrs. Lyons Life Memorial at and sign her online guest registry.