Muriel Lyons

muriel lyons
Muriel Lyons of Fargo, North Dakota went home to be with the Lord on November 3, 2019 at the age of 94. Muriel Cecelia Lyons was born on April 17, 1925 in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Martin and Cecelia Schoeder. Muriel graduated from high school in Minneapolis, MN and began working at Minneapolis Moline where she met Mark Lyons, the love of her life. They married on July 8, 1945 and Mark and Muriel had three children, Kathleen, Michael, and Beth. On September 2, 1958 Mark Lyons passed away suddenly. In 1962, with great strength, courage and fortitude, Muriel started a new chapter in her life and moved her family to Finley, ND where she purchased the Shamrock Inn Motel. In 1971, Muriel relocated to Jamestown, ND to work in the hotel industry, most notably the Dakota Inn where she worked for 35 years as office manager until she retired and moved to Fargo, ND to be closer to her family. Muriel was dearly loved by her family and friends. Her tenacity, strong work ethic and ability to keep her sense of humor in the midst of adversity inspired all her family. Family was everything to her and she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never met a stranger and loved showing them pictures of her family and giving them bags of candy. Muriel loved flowers, collecting teapots, hats, crocheting afghans, and photos, photos, photos of those she loved. She looked at photos on FACEBOOK every day! Shopping at Kmart and Boys Ranch was one of her favorite hobbies and most of the employees knew her by name. We loved her in life and won’t forget her in death. Muriel is survived by her son Michael (Brenda) Lyons of Centennial, CO; her daughter, Beth (Jeff) McClean of Fargo, ND; one sister, Nancy (Pete) Lorenz of Beloit, KS; one brother, David Schoeder of Minneapolis, MN; seven grandchildren; seventeen great -grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; her daughter, Kathleen Strand; and her two brothers, Robert and Jerry Schoeder. Muriel’s Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren: Children of Kathleen (Doug) Strand; Kimberly (Mark) Percy of London, England, UK, and their children, Madeleine and Dexter; Laura (Dustin) Roberge of Horace, ND and their sons, Taylor and Chase: Nicole (Michael) Bangasser of Plymouth, MN and their daughters, Megan and Emily; Jennifer (Clayton) Dilly of West Fargo, ND and their daughters, Makenna and Harper; and Mark (Nicole) Strand of Grand Forks, ND and their sons, Ryan and Rory. Children of Beth (Jeff) McClean: Michelle (Frank) Taracido of Denver, CO and their children, William, Matthew, and Charlotte; and Bryan (Nikki) McClean of Moorhead, MN and their daughters, Madisyn, Kaylie, Paisley, and Piper. The family would like to thank the staff at Villa Maria and Essentia Hospital for their kind and excellent care given to our beloved Muriel. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. I am so sorry – it is hard to lose a Mom, Grandma or Great-Grandma. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Beth and family,
    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during the coming days.
    Kenneth Voigt
    JHS Class of 74
    U.S.N. Retired

  3. Aunt Mur was the best person. Always so loving and giving. So many memories. She will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with Beth and Mike, all of her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️

  4. So sorry to see Muriel passed! I remember her from the Dakota Inn in Jamestown, such a sweet lady! I ran into to her at Penneys in Fargo where I worked and recognized her right away. Sorry for your loss.

  5. Muriel was a great lady, loyal manager at the Dakota Inn and a wonderful friend. Our sympathy and prayers to her family. Ben & Jill Bjornson and the Bjornson family.⚘

  6. Beth, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God will be with you during this time. It sounds like your mother was a wonderful person and made a difference in many peoples lives. Remember the great memories you have with your mom and those will get you through each day.

  7. So sorry for your loss! She was a very sweet woman and raised such a kind and loving family! Sending love and prayers!

  8. The Mary Kay Thoroughbred family sends our love and prayers to your family.
    No matter at what age we lose our mom, it is much too soon.
    Her love lives on in all of you. God bless you all. Love, Kay

  9. Beth,
    My condolences to you and your family. It is never easy to lose a parent, especially a mother. May the spirit and memories of your mother live in your heart.

  10. So sorry to see the loss of your dear mother. She will be greatly missed. Thank God for memories.

  11. Beth and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Muriel. God has blessed you with memories that will last forever. You are in our prayers.
    Connie L Olson

  12. So sad to lose your Mom at any age…..this is the end of an era for you.
    What a wonderful family she leaves behind….hopefully you will take comfort in all those relationships and memories…..

  13. Muriel was such a special person! She made me feel like one of the family! I’m sorry for your loss, I know she’ll be greatly missed. She left you with a wonderful legacy: unconditional love and a sense of fun! You wear her love always. May God be with you and give you peace. Sending love, Cindy

  14. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I worked with Muriel at the Dakota Inn for a couple of years and she was the most funny and sweet lady. My heart goes out to you. I am so glad I met her in my life. I am out of state at the moment so am sorry I can’t be there on Monday in honor of Muriel. God Bless you all.

  15. It was such an honor getting to care for Muriel during her final days. She will remain in my heart forever. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this sad time.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear of Muriel passing. I regret I never got to stop and visit with her when she moved to Fargo. She was a great friend. We were in separable when we both worked at the Dakota Inn.

  17. So sorry for your loss. I worked with Muriel at the Dakota Inn and loved her so. She was so proud of her kids and grandkids. Everyone she met she treated like family and she was always part of ours. She will be dearly missed.

  18. To all of Muriel’s family, my sympathy goes out to you all. I just finished the video you put together. What a wonderful keepsake for all of you. I remember when Muriel moved to Finley. I was so impressed, a single mom moved with her kiddo’s, an unusual thing in the 60’s. It told me it was possible to move on, take an unknown business in and unknown town and thrive. Kathy became a great friend and I remember running home with her now and then. I, however thought only of the glamour, not any of the worries………that came years later as Kathy and I discussed this at one of our class gatherings. Muriel has left a legacy from those early days in Finley. I see love in every picture of the video. She forged on after the loss of her husband and much later her Kathy. What a gal, one I will always admire. She celebrates now with her hubby and Kathy. May you celebrate with her and continue the love she brought to you all. God Bless the memory of Muriel Lyons

  19. Jeff and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you. I have always enjoyed hearing about your trips to Fargo, and about Murel’s wonderful sense of humor. May her celebration of life be filled with many more of these stories that you haven’t yet heard in addition to the ones you’ll share with others, and keep lovingly in your heart. A life well lived fittingly describes your dear mother and Brenda’s second mom. All our love and prayers to all of you!

  20. Sorry to hear of your mom passing. Have good memories of your family. My mom was Nadyne Fournier . The loss if our moms is hard no matter what age.

  21. My very deepest and sincere symphonies to all of Muriel’s family. I only met and spent time with Muriel one time. She was just a most friendly and welcoming person and made you feel good just being with her. She will be lovingly remembered and sadly mussed. She is now at home with those who have gone before.

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