Elaine Marie Lyons of Rockport, Texas died October 2, 2019. She was 87 years old. Elaine will be remembered by all those who knew her for her unending devotion to her faith in God, her love and commitment to her husband of 66 years, her love for her family, her tireless active lifestyle, her constant jokes and laughter, her love of life, and her positive attitude no matter the circumstance.
Elaine was born to parents Lester and Lucille Hegele in Melrose Park, Illinois on August 26, 1932. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she attended high school and played clarinet in the band. Elaine continued her education at San Diego State University. It was there she met the one love of her life William (Bill) Lyons; they married in 1951 and remained married for 66 years, until Bill’s death in 2017 in Rockport, Texas.
Elaine completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English with a minor in education. She became a high school teacher and taught for 22 years at Los Amigos High School in Garden Grove, California. Elaine was a student favorite. She loved to sew and was noted for not wearing the same outfit for an entire year of teaching. She loved teaching the writings of Shakespeare and routinely taught gifted student classes. She spoke Spanish and occasionally taught an introductory course in Spanish. Elaine taught all high school levels and was noted for her humor with her students. She loved being part of extracurricular activities and was always ready for fun. On one occasion she and a few other daring teachers dressed up at a school dance and did lip-sync to Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” It was a huge hit; the photos of that event linger at that high school today.
Elaine and Bill retired in 1989 and moved to Katy, TX to be closer to her children and grandchildren. There Elaine used her excellent interior design and artistic skills to decorate their new retirement home. Elaine was active with the Willow Fork Golf Course community and their local book club. Elaine loved to read and had thousands of books in her home. Elaine and Bill travelled extensively to Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Asia and Mexico. She always loved to use her Spanish skills to bargain with local store owners for souvenirs. Elaine loved to “see” the history of the world in her travels and she was especially well-read on the history of great European cities.
In 2008 Elaine and Bill moved to Rockport, TX to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law and enjoy Rockport’s small-town charm and year-round warmth. There Elaine kept busy with her many hobbies which included reading, painting, gardening, and her love for her cats. Elaine kept herself in excellent shape and always dressed and looked younger than she was. In Rockport Elaine enjoyed most her visits to the First United Methodist Church, shopping for curios at Castaway’s, enjoying a meal at the Key Allegro Yacht Club, relaxing with chips and salsa on a patio at Moondogs, and enjoying coffee & donuts while watching birds from her husband Bill’s memorial bench overlooking the ski basin.
Elaine was preceded in death by her sister Lucille Miller (Donald), and is survived by her dearly loved sister Marilyn Berg (Robert), and by her children; Lynda Bohn (Brett), Steven Lyons (Ann David), and Duane Lyons (Bita). Elaine is also survived by grandchildren; Staci Henderson (Quang), Travis Schwaer (Allison), Ashley Compton (Sam), Lauren Nowotny (Mike), David Lyons (Lindsay), Rachael Thornton (Lance), Rebecca Krebs (Aaron), Brett Bohn Jr. & Blake Bohn and by great grandchildren; Khyle & Jade Danhach, Sophie Henderson, Lyla & Cadence Compton, Tien & Lilan Henderson, Brooklyn, Parker & Rhett Thornton, Ella Hubbs and Waylon & Ardon Krebs.
A celebration of Elaine’s long and happy life will be held at 2304 Lakeside Court, Rockport, Texas on October 19, 2019 at 2 pm in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Humane Society and Adoption Center of Rockport/Fulton, 1308 Myrtle St, Fulton, TX 78358 or the First United Methodist Church of Rockport, 801 E. Main St, Rockport, TX 78382.