Teresa “Teri” Rochelle Lyon, age 75 of Westfield passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at her home. Teri was born to Bob and Wilma (Housel) Robinson on August 16, 1947. She graduated from Montello High School with the great class of 1965, attended UW-Madison and received her degree from UW-Stevens Point in 1986.
Growing up, she wanted to be a cowboy, and got six shooters for her birthday. The horse came later. She spent many summers of her youth on Russell Flats at the family farm where she was a member of the 4-H club and would later become a leader. Teri told her classmates she would never marry a farmer.
Her first “date” with Tom Lyon was to the June Dairy Dance held at White Lake Beach Resort where they would later hold their wedding reception. They were married September 9, 1967 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Montello; three children blessed their marriage: Tricia, Tiffany and Tommy.
Life on Maple Lawn Farm included hosting many visitors, tours, college judging teams, the National Holstein Convention for lunch and heifer buyers from throughout the United States and abroad. The family was proud to own many All Wisconsin and All American Black and White and Red and White Holsteins.
After receiving her degree, she worked at the Marquette County Tribune as an assistant editor and sports editor for 14 years. Due to Tom’s health issues, she substitute taught in area schools for 14 years and prior to covid worked at Whitemarsh Properties.
Teri was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford. She found laughter, caring and compassion with her church friends and sewed totes and purses for fundraisers. Teri also shared her flower arrangements with the church and friends and won many blue ribbons at the county fair for her arrangements. She also loved to sing as well as direct and accompany the church choir.
Teri was a church musician most of her life, beginning on the organ at Trinity United Methodist in seventh grade. She was a member of a guitar group, learned the Irish tin whistle and banjo but gave up on the bagpipe cantor.
She enjoyed traveling, reading and planned many trips around being in church for services and attended evensong in Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Islay, Windsor, Westminster, Paris, Charleston and on the trip to the Holy Land with friends. Some services were in Gaelic. A favorite trip was with her grandson, Carson to Alaska and trips to Montana for family reunions.
Teri and Tom enjoyed Badger sports for many years, highlights were the 1994 Rose Bowl with her girls, the sweet sixteen in Albuquerque and directing the UW Band in the 5th Quarter. She was also a Packer owner, a Christmas gift from Tom.
She was a member of the Republican Party of Marquette County and breast cancer survivor.
As Tom’s illness progressed, they moved “over the hill” when son, Tom took over the dairy. She enjoyed seeing the heifers on the hill, the eagles and winter birds at the feeder.
Teri is survived by her children and grandchildren: Tricia, Henry and Molley Sautin; Tiffany, Mark, Adam and Sophie Jolicoeur; Tom, Brittney, Carson and Austin Lyon. She is also survived by sisters-in-law: Kay (Roger) Reetz, Sue (Tim) Slowey and brother-in-law, Bud Imm, cousin, Linda Carver and other relatives and friends.
Teri is preceded in death by her parents, in-laws: Fred and Leila Lyon, sisters-in-law: Barb Imm, Charlene (Jim) Marquardt and Jeanne (Terry) Bengsch.
A memorial service for Teri Lyon will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the hour of service. Pastor Brenda Pulver will preside and inurnment will take place at a later date at Oak Hill Cemetery, Town of Westfield. In honor of Teri, she asks you to thank a farmer, enjoy a wee dram, sing an old hymn with gusto and plant something for our pollinator friends.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Oxford and Montello is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com