October 10, 1955 – April 20, 2021
Jennie Hatfield-Lyon died unexpectedly, at home on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. She had been diagnosed with breast and brain cancer in late 2020 and was making valiant efforts to maintain her positive energy and her infectious sense of humor. Blessed with innate curiosity and a formidable intellect, Jennie was a highly respected international human rights lawyer and University professor. She developed an unusual specialty in court, representing Canadians who had been kidnapped by U.S. bounty hunters. One of her cases is in the Ronald Reagan Library.
Jennie is a 1973 graduate of Barnstable High School, and a 1977 graduate of Brandeis University and she obtained her Masters Degree in International Law from Columbia University in 1978. She was a loving and diligent caregiver for her late mother, Lois (Hallet) Betterley of Hyannis. She is the sister of the late Janice Hatfield, Mark Hatfield, Joyce Hatfield, and Carolee (Betterley) Creswell, and is survived by her husband, Daniel Lyon, as well as sisters Maryann Landry, Charlene (Betterley) Smith and a brother David Hatfield and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. Jennie and her husband, Dan Lyon, raised a nephew/adoptive son, Damien, who is now the proud father of young Hunter Hatfield-Lyon. Jennie leaves a legacy of kindness, especially with respect to both people and animals in distress. A graveside service will be held at the Cummaquid Cemetery on Mary Dunn Road at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
August 29, 2021
I was so sorry to hear about Jennie. We were college roommates our freshman year at Brandeis University after graduating together from Barnstable High School. Jennie was an avid theater major so I didn't see much of her even during our freshman year, but we reconnected at our 40th college reunion and that was a pleasure. So sorry for your loss.
August 28, 2021
We were lucky and honoured to have Aunt Jennie as part of our family in Toronto. I remember her as quiet and sweet with a smile on her face, and she would get so animated when telling me about something she cared about. I'll always be grateful that she was such a loving partner to my Uncle Danny. I hope that her memory can be a blessing for her whole family and for the many people whose lives she touched.
August 27, 2021
Sometimes we look back and remember people for whom we had such positive memories and wonder why we didn't stay in touch.
Jenny was my first boss at a summer job over forty years ago. She impressed me not only with her work ethic, intelligence and honesty, but also with her kindness and sense of humor. I didn't realize it at the time, but those are some of the best qualities a leader can have and I learned a lot from that experience that I have carried throughout my life.
The last time I saw Jenny was at my father's memorial service several years ago. I had not seen her in many years, but it was wonderful to see her familiar smile, get a hug, and chat with her.
Susan Lewis castro
August 13, 2021
My Uncle married your beautiful mom Lois and I became your cousin...I remember being at your home in Barnstable many times...you were always smiling and very kind...you always said you were going to be a lawyer...I'm glad your goals were accomplished...rest in eternal peace...
April 27, 2021
I will miss my big sister. I remember her leaving for college when I was just a little girl. I sat by the window in my mothers room watching her drive away, sobbing the whole time. I use to count the days until she was to return home on break. Now I sit by the window with my memories of Jennie, knowing that this time she is not coming home. I find myself still sobbing. I love you Jennie! You were a good sister and we all miss you.
April 24, 2021
Remembering my sister, Jennie, with love. The special things about her, that made her HER: her radiant smile, her strength, wit and intellect, that she had a beautiful singing voice, her humor and laughter, her joie de vivre, that she knew how to sew and knit, how she made a black velvet cape one halloween, that she had horse figurines as a girl, how she was there, dedicated to her loved ones and greater humanity, how she loved animals and cooked for her dogs, and that she enjoyed a long, loving marriage. My gratitude to Danny, her devoted husband. It gives me comfort to know my mother was there to receive her.
April 23, 2021
Aunt Jennie I will never forgot the incredible memories we had. You took care of us, and 9 puppies when my dad had surgery. You treated us like your own and I will be forever grateful for your love. I already miss you so much. I hope you’re smiling down on all of us and know the impact you brought into all our lives. Please give mom and grandma a hug and kiss for me. Rest In Peace my sweet sweet angel. Love you endlessly.
April 23, 2021
My dear Aunt Jennie. You will be missed by so many. I remember my anticipation when I would hear you were coming to visit the cape. We always used to have so much fun, weather that be enjoying movies, dinner, or just a walk on the beach with the dogs. Your radiant energy could light up a room and I will forever remember the love you gave. I miss you and love you so much. May you continue to watch over me with my mother Carolee and Grandma Lois. I will be forever grateful for all that you have done for us, and I am grateful for you taking care of me and my family while my dad was getting knee surgery. You helped raised 9 puppies, with one eventually becoming your own. Those memories will live in me forever. Rest in peace my love.
April 23, 2021
Shelly and I send our deepest condolences. May her memory be a blessing...
April 23, 2021
I was privileged to know Jennie in our college days and remember her intelligence, bright smile, and kindness. She was a lovely person who will be greatly missed.
April 22, 2021
Shocking to hear. Remembering Jenny’s vivacity during our undergraduate years, her grit and determination. Her memory will certainly be a blessing.
April 22, 2021
There's a jewish saying upon the death of a loved one - may you know no further sorrow. That's my wish for you, Danny.
all my love