Shirley A Lyons

November 24, 1933June 4, 2021

Shirley Ann Lyons November 24, 1933 - June 4, 2021

Shirley passed away peacefully at her home, Sumner Place, June 4, 2021, with Jody and Joe by her side.

Shirley was born November 24, 1933, in Ainsworth, Nebraska, to Glen Eli and Vera Lucille (Ringsted) Sawyers. She graduated school in Ainsworth, then moved to Lincoln. She worked at Bankers Life, later known as Ameritas, for 40 years before retiring. She was married to Joseph W. Bower until his passing in 1986. On April 24, 1993, Shirley married Clifford A. "Bud" Lyons. They remained together until Buds passing in 2006.

For the past 6 years, Shirley resided at Sumner Place, in Lincoln, NE, until her passing on June 4, 2021. She passed away peacefully at her home, with Jody and Joe by her side.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Glen Eli and Vera Lucille (Ringsted) Sawyers; First Husband, Joseph W. Bower; and Second Husband, Clifford A. "Bud" Lyons.

She is survived by Brother, Roger (Deann) Sawyers, and Nephew, Sam, of Fremont, NE; Step-children, Grandchildren, Great-grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 1:00-2:00pm, at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. 6800 S. 14th St, Lincoln, NE. The Funeral Service will follow, at 2:00pm.

Shirley was an amazing person. She and Jody had been on an 11 year Alzheimer's journey together. They called it their "roller coaster of life." There are many changes that take place in the Alzheimer's world. All our friends and loved ones that are on this ride, need to know we are still there for them. They cannot see the world as we do, so we need to go to their world. June is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. In honor of Shirley's memory, and struggle with Alzheimer's, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association. You may mail donations to 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or you may donate online at

The family would also like to give a very special thank you to the compassionate caregivers at Sumner Place and AseraCare. They are very grateful for their level of care and tenderness during this very difficult time.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Shirley A Lyons

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