Stella “Fran” Lyons

October 19, 1932 – March 3, 2022
In loving memory
Apparently, it is time for me to move on to the “other side”. I’ve had 89 years in this world filled with family, friends, & fun. For years I have said, “If I die today, I’ll die happy”. I hope to be with my husband Milt (who died in 2016), my Mom, Dad, siblings & good friends who’ve gone before me. I will miss my daughter Bev & her husband Pete, my daughter Tracy who has been my personal caregiver these past few years (bless her heart), my daughter Leslee & her partner Gaston, & my son Kelly. How will they manage without me?! Speaking of begats, I also have 2 grandchildren: Megan who is raising 4 of my great grandchildren (Leam, Wyatt, Quinley, & Sawyer) & Robert who married Kristy & produced my 5th great grandchild Aubrey.
I was born to pioneer farmers Magdeline (nee Zarowny) & Joseph Kachmarski near Brock, a small town in Sask, but spent most of my life as a wife & mother in Calgary. I’d met Milt when I was 15, married at 19, & started a family right away. I did work outside our home part-time at Sears while raising our children & as a banquet manager after they all flew the coop but really, caring for Milt was a full-time occupation! We finally sold our family home of 55 years in Calgary & moved to Vernon to live out our retirement closer to 2 of our daughters. It was hard to leave our close, long-term friends but they are mostly dead now so maybe I’ll see them again, too! I have always said, “Life is hard. Then you die.” But it has been a good life. My final words of wisdom to the throngs who will mourn my passing: “Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think!”
Fran had planned to host her own Celebration of Life party in May/2020 but the Covid 19 pandemic interfered. This was a huge disappointment to her but after a few recent health issues she had lost her yearning to party. She died Mar 3/22 with her daughters at her side. She does not want a funeral but you are welcome to watch her video tribute which we had planned to show at her party: Her & Milt’s cremains will be interred in a columbarium in the cemetery at Brock, Sask. Memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
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