March 5, 1950 – September 5, 2020

   Christine Oakley Lyons passed away at her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 5, 2020, at the age of 70.

   Christine “Chris” was born on March 5, 1950 in St. Louis, Missouri to Sally (Pomeroy) and Forrest Oakley. She graduated from Collinsville High School in 1968. She moved to Colorado, in 1973, where she graduated from the Colorado School of Banking, working at Academy Boulevard Bank (Central) and Pioneer Bank. She met her husband, Thomas Ralph Lyons III “Tom” and they married in 1983. Their work took them to Columbia and Australia. During her time in Australia she began a career in education before returning home to Colorado Springs. Chris worked for Colorado Springs District 11, at Jenkins Middle School and Doherty High School, as a Severe Needs Special Education Assistant for 15 years before enjoying retirement in 2015.

   Chris enjoyed crafting, camping, teaching, gardening, organizing and most of all spoiling her grandchildren.

   Chris is survived by her husband, Tom; sons: Matthew O. Eckert “Matt” and his wife Laura, Thomas Ralph Lyons IV “Casey”; and her grandchildren: Ella, Bradley, Shelby, Jameson and Evelyn Eckert. She is also survived by her siblings: Stephen Oakley (Deborah), Elaine Presson, Eleanor Sanchez and Margaret Cvik (Steve). She will be missed by all her sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

   A visitation will be on September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 6:00 with the Rosary to follow at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd. 80910.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on September 11, 2020 at 10:30 at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive 80920.

   Immediately following the Mass, a gravesite service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 Hancock Expy. 80903.

   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mercy’s Gate Food Pantry.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Chris at both Jenkins and Doherty. She was a wonderful person and one I will truly miss. I always looked forward to the periods I was blessed to work with her. She was a light in my day each and every time. Her dedication to both her students and her job were inspirational. Thank you for the time I got to be with her. You and your family are in my prayers.
    With sympathy,
    Deborah Kirkpatrick (Doherty High School)

  2. Chris was not only my friend but a wonderful mentor to me. She taught me to be a better professional, parent, friend and overall a better person. I will always remember her beautiful laugh and the wisdom she imparted to me.

  3. Those we love don’t go away
    They walk beside us every day
    Unseen, unheard, but always near
    Still loved, still missed and very dear

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