It is with a sad heart that Teri Lyon, the sister of Southwest Tour racer, Bob Lyon driver of the #44 Pontiac, reports that her mother passed away this morning (February 13, 1999) at 2:00am Pacific time at the Henry Mayo Newell Memorial Hospital TCU unit (Transitional Care Unit).
As many of those close to the family know their mother, Nancy Ann Lyon had been battling cancer for a long time. Nancy has now found rest and peace.
Nancy Ann had been involved in racing since her son, Bob and daughter Teri were kids. She was always there when Bob started racing in the early 80's. Many times she was his only pit crew person but she really enjoyed it.
Nancy Ann was a retired Detective of 30 years on the L.A.P.D. Stricken with cancer almost 2 years ago in the lung and she fought it with Chemo and radiation and surgery. She had what they called some hot lobes and it moved from there to her brain, again they caught it fast and treated it with radiation. Then it went down to the kidney and back to the brain. Nancy had many trips to the hospital and came out like a trooper. She was a fighter and a tough lady!
Her daughter Teri said, "She has been one hell of a mom and wife, and was always in control of her surroundings and every situation she came across she was the winner (almost everyone). In her final days Mom Lyon rested comfortably, but at times she surprised us with a giggle, or one of her favorite sayings, '__it happens'."
Mom Lyon will be missed dearly by her family and friends. The racing community has lost a good lady, but heaven has gained another good one.
Graveside services for Nancy Ann Lyon will be held at Eternal Valley in Newhall, CA., Friday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. Following the service there will be a get-together of Nancy's family and loved ones at the Lyon's family home.
The family has requested, that in leu of flowers donations be sent to the American Cancer Society.