Esther Eugenie Lyon, affectionately known as mother Lyon or Aunt Essie, was born in Mitchell Town, Clarendon, Jamaica to the late James Clucas and Evadney Bradford on February 4, 1925. Esther was one of eight children, with only one surviving sister, Pearl Lambert Fearon still residing in Mitchell Town, Jamaica. She attended the Mitchell Town Elementary School She was an entrepreneur, owner of a small grocery store, first in Spanish Town and then in Mandeville, Manchester.
On April 9, 1950 she married L. A Lyon at The Cathedral Church, Spanish Town, St. Catherine. Her husband preceded her in death. She raised seven children; Joyce Williams and Roy Williams both preceded her in death; Five stepchildren, Leithland, Brandon, Noreen, Medrena, and Audrey Lyon; Seven grandchildren, Dawn, Debbie, Glen, Michael and Peter, children of Joyce; Roy has two children, Andrew, and Adrian; 16 step grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Aunt Essie and her late husband moved briefly to Nassau, Bahamas where she worked as a domestic. They returned to Jamaica and permanently relocated to the United States settling in Evanston, IL. She was employed by the Gorman family and remained with them for many years. Suzanne Lingard, a trusted manager of her financial affairs, along with the Gorman's were an integral part of her life even up to the time of her death. Her life has had bittersweet experiences of which she would express in no uncertain terms "If it hadn't been for the Lord who was on my side." Aunt Essie enjoyed life to its fullest: shopping. travelling, cooking and baking, she would try her hand at anything and wanted to be present in whatever was going on. She loved to attend rallies at North Chicago COG and sang on the choir at her home church for many years.
She was very kindhearted; you could never visit her home and not leave with something in hand. At the age of 96, she still got the broom and went outside to sweep the walkway, saying it's her exercise and no protesting could stop her. She attended church until the shutdown made it no longer possible. She still went for walks around the block and back to the house. She was a strong, brave woman. May her soul rest in peace.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette~ Funeral Director
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