Helen M. Lyons

Date of Passing:

September 23, 2021

Lyons, Helen M. (Harakaly), 98, formerly of Barrington, died peacefully on September 23, 2021, at Tockwotton on The Waterfront, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Robert P. Lyons.

Born in Boonton, NJ, the second youngest of twelve children of the late Stephen and Susan Harakaly, she was a longtime resident of Barrington and lived in Bristol for many years. She met her husband Bob before the war while working at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Ct. Soon after Bob returned from the war, they were married and eventually moved to RI in 1954. Helen worked for the RI Arbitration Association for many years. She provided wonderful childhood memories as a loving and dedicated mom while raising her four children. She loved her ‘39 Ford convertible while young, later her ‘66 GTO, and then her fancy Jaguars in her later years. Helen was known for her fashion style, wonderful smile, and her outgoing and welcoming personality.

Helen was a communicant of St. Luke’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed boating on Narragansett Bay, Newport Beach, traveling, and wintering in Highland Beach, Florida. Above all, she loved spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary L. McLaughlin (James) of Dover, MA; three sons, Robert P. Lyons, Jr. (Heather) of Palm Beach Gardens Fl., S. Dennis Lyons (Paula) of Rehoboth, Ma, and John E. Lyons (Katie) of Barrington, RI. She is survived by her eight grandchildren, Steven and Paul Lyons, Julie Cox, Jaclyn Gluek, Kate Mailloux, Alicia Lyons, John, and Victoria Lyons, and nine greatgrandchildren. The Lyons family expresses sincere gratitude to her caregivers over the years.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Luke’s Church, Washington Road, Barrington, followed by a private burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held later. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Helen’s memory to American Heart Association would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Please accept our warmest condolences. I’m truly sorry for your loss.Your Mom’s amazing qualities are being carried on beautifully by you. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.

  2. We were sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. Be grateful that you had her in your lives as long as you did. Our condolences to all of you.

  3. I love this family. I enjoyed my time with Helen. When I visited Mary, Helen and I talked late into the night. She was like a second mother. She was a very special lady and I will miss her. Thinking of all of you at this time.

  4. My sincere condolences to the Lyons Family.

  5. So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. We always enjoyed when she came to Feminine Fancies to shop. She will be surely missed.

  6. So very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing, I have always thought of her as a very elegant, caring and gracious lady. My heart goes out to all of you. Try to take comfort knowing she’s in a much better place.

  7. Helen Lyons was a loving, caring aunt. I have many special memories of the time I spent with her as a child and adult. I will always hold her memory dear in my heart
    Susan Hendricks

  8. Words can’t describe how sorry I am at this loss. You’re all in my prayers. I will miss her tremendously.

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