Madeline I. (Crossley) Lyon

July 8, 1915March 21, 2010

Madeline I. (Lyon) Crossley, of Orleans, MA, formerly of Rockland, MA and Duxbury, MA, age 94, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Born in Baltimore, MD in 1915, she was the daughter of Mary Jane Hood and Walter I. Ford. She attended Rockland Elementary School and Rockland High School in Rockland, MA. She married John Linwood Lyon of Rockland, MA. They had 4 sons, Kenneth, Wayne, Gary and Douglas. She worked for many years as a store proprietor, an upholsterer, a bookkeeper, a real estate agent, and a secretary. She and her family moved to Cape Cod in 1969 and lived in Marstons Mills for many years. After her husband John’s death in 1984, she remarried Alfred Crossley of Schenectady, NY who passed away in 1996. She returned to the Cape and spent the remainder of her life here. Madge always kept busy, and enjoyed many hobbies such as fishing, golf, reading, playing cards and scrabble with friends, sewing, playing the steel guitar, violin and organ. She was a member of the Federated Church of Orleans, MA for many years. An independent and energetic woman, she could often be seen riding around Orleans on her electric scooter well into her ‘90‘s, where she was instrumental in getting a crosswalk redesigned for handicapped use.

She is survived by her four sons Kenneth R. Lyon and his wife Philomena Lyon, Wayne R Lyon, Gary A. Lyon and his wife Terri Lyon, and C. Douglas Lyon and his wife Carol Lyon; ten grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, her brother Walter Joseph Ford and his wife Louise Ford. She was pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers Earl Ford and Richard Ford and her sister Evelyn Neil, as well as her grandson John Lyon.

Her family extends its deep gratitude to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Hospice, and Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, for the excellent care and support which they provided to her in her last days.

Our mother’s daily presence here on earth will be very much missed by her large family. She will always be in our hearts, thoughts, and memory until we join her in heaven.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans, MA. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Burial will be following the service, at the Marstons Mills Cemetery. Flowers or a donation to VNA of Cape Cod Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D, South Dennis MA 02660 will be graciously accepted. For online condolences and guest book, please visit


  • Burial Friday, April 9, 2010
  • Memorial Service Friday, April 9, 2010

Madeline I. (Crossley) Lyon

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April 9, 2010

sorry i could not be there,my prays and thought are with the family

Barb & Mardi Steinau

April 8, 2010

We share your celebration of your Mom's life. We hope you are all well and coping. Doug and Carol: we love you.

Carol Lyon

April 6, 2010

Madge touched us all with her wit, her determination, her sparkling eyes, and her sweet smile. I am honored and very grateful to have had her as my mother-in-law.

George Fowler

April 5, 2010

Carol and I hold you all in our hearts this week. May your mother be at peace and may your insight into the value and meaning of life reach new depths.

Susan Conte

April 1, 2010

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
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March 31, 2010

Sending all of you my condolences...I have fond memories of Madge.
Barbara Mendelsohn, Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

March 31, 2010

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

Rick Lyon

March 31, 2010

Nana, you will be greatly missed by us. Love your grandson Rick and his wife Karen Lyon.