Marilyn Lyons, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend, nurse and teacher, passed away at the home of her sister in Orem, Utah, on Tuesday, September 8, 1998 after a courageous fight with cancer.
She was born on June 2, 1938 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Albert L. and Cleo Hansen Lyons.She graduated from South High School in 1956 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Utah in 1960, becoming a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing. She received her Master of Arts degree in Nursing Education from New York University in 1966 and her Doctor of Nursing Science, specializing in neurological nursing from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois in 1983.
She began her nursing career as a Staff Nurse at the Salt Lake County Hospital and later served as Public Health Nurse for Salt Lake County. She joined the faculty of the Brigham Young University College of Nursing in 1966, where she continued to teach until her death. At BYU she served as the director of Neurological Nurse Practitioner Masters Program for several years and as an Associate Dean for the Graduate Program in the College of Nursing from 1986 to 1990. She loved teaching her students and developed many close relationships with them. She taught and worked with students, even through three major surgeries during the last three years. She has served as the chair of the graduate supervisory committees for nine to 13 Master's students each year for the last several years and on the committee for many others. She was active in the Adult Nursing Practitioner program, helping clinics locally and in rural Utah communities to use Adult Nurse Practitioners. She was the Honored Alumna for the College of Nursing in 1997.
She was active in several nursing professional societies. She has served as a board member of the Utah Nurses Association in 1984-86, as Nursing Education Chairman of the Utah Heart Association in 1970, second vice president of the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses in 1974. In the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, she was the Utah Chapter President in 1985 to 1988 and again in 1990 to 1991. She also served the association as National Director of Education in 1992-1994 and has been the Utah Chapter Education Director since 1995. She was the instigator and became the founding president of the Iota Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Society for Nursing at BYU in 1984. She later served the Chapter as Archives and Newsletter editor from 1986 to 1991 and as vice president from 1993 to 1994.
She has given many lectures at professional conferences and published innumerable papers in professional journals. She also has visited many universities as a part of a committee on accreditation for Nursing Schools.
She has been a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of her life and has served as girl's camp nurse, a teacher in most of the organizations and during the last few years, as a temple worker in the Provo Temple. In 1971, she was called as a health missionary to the Tonga Islands. She and a doctor sent to Samoa were the first missionaries to serve as Church Service Health Missionaries. In Tonga, she developed nine lessons and materials on "Achieving and Maintaining Health."
She has been a world traveler having traveled to many nations around the world, including doing some research on health care in China on one of her trips.
She is survived by her mother of Salt Lake City; her twin sister, Carolyn (Don) Engstrom of Orem; sisters, Bonnie (Darold) Galloway of Ogden; Nancy (Steve) Anderson of Sandy; Diane (Dan) Kizerian of Murray; her brother, Bert (Mary Sue) of Salt Lake. She was preceded in death by her father.
The family wishes to thank the faculty of the BYU College of Nursing, many special friends, neighbors, and the hospice nurses for their support and care during her illness.
The Funeral will be held in the Edgemont 12th Ward on Monday, September 14 at 1 p.m. The location of the chapel is 350 East 2950 North, Provo. Viewing will be held Sunday night at the Deseret Mortuary, 35 East 700 So., Salt Lake City fro 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Edgemont 12th Ward on Monday from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Interment at Lake Hills Cemetery in Sandy, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations be made in Marilyn's name to a scholarship fund in the BYU College of Nursing.
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