Joann Lyons

Obituary of Joann Marie Lyons

Joann Marie Kidd was born on May 12, 1932 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   She was one of three children born from the union of Leonard and Viola (Butler) Kidd.  Joann was proud to complete her high school education graduating with the Class of 1981.   She would then further her studies at Wayne County Community College. 


Above anything, Joann loved her family. She was very proud to have ten children.   She looked forward to being able to babysit her grandchildren.   A self-proclaimed homebody she loved spending time in the kitchen.   She was a fantastic cook and could make a meal from the simplest ingredients.   Among her frequently requested crowd pleasers was her homemade noodles.     


Joann could often be seen with crochet needles in her hands as she loved making doilies.   She challenged her mind playing cards with her Euchre group, assembling puzzles, playing I-Pad games, and tested her knowledge while watching Jeopardy. Joann also enjoyed the drama of an episode of Law & Order.   She prided herself on staying informed with current events and politics and was quite pleased when Barack Obama became our President.  She also supported Native American charities.  Joann enjoyed traveling annually visiting New York City to catch the latest Broadway shows, and had even flown across the ocean to spend time in London. 


Joann Marie Lyons, age 88, of Taylor passed away at 5:34am on Wednesday; March 24, 2021 at her home.   Her passing was preceded by her parents; her former husband:  John Henry Vergowven; one daughter: Dale Ann Baldwin; two sons: Lawrence Eugene Vergowven and John Andrew Vergowven; one son-in-law:  Joel Gamboa-Galindo; three sisters:Velma, Joyce and Ina; one brother: Jack Kidd. Also, her very protective mutts and canine companions, her dogs Gibson and Dexter; and a cat: Stella.


To cherish her memory, she leaves her children: Janice Georgette Hornbeck (Frank Pruski), Pamela Ann Gisel, Penny Lee Johnson, Mary Beth (Roy) Prater, Diane Marie Vergowven(Dennis Dockery), Michael Robert (Linda) Vergowven, Andrew John Vergowven, twenty-three grandchildren; many great and great- great grandchildren.


Friends may gather on Sunday; March 28, 2021 from 1:00pm-6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185.   A Worship Service Celebrating Her Life will take place at 11:00am on Monday; March 29, 2021 also at Merkle’s with Pastor Roy Southerland officiating.   Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle for burial.

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Gathering for Joann Lyons

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service North Monroe
2442 N. Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan, United States

Celebration of Life for Joann Lyons

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, March 29, 2021
Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe
2442 N. Monroe St.
Monroe, Michigan, United States
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