Beth Ann Lyon
Beth Ann Lyon, 43, passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2023, at her home in Martin, S.D.
Beth joined the family on December 8, 1979, with a quiet spirit and a quick wit. Beth loved learning and excelled at everything she set out to do. With a firm set of beliefs and a strong set of values she challenged others with a quiet grace and an extensive vocabulary!
Beth enjoyed various high school activities and focused intently on academics. She graduated from Bennett County High School with highest honors. She was Bennett County’s first student to be named a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
Beth graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts – English degree and promptly took a position in Japan teaching the English language. Beth loved her time there and enjoyed practicing her skills reading and speaking Japanese. When she returned home, she took a position with the Martin 4-H office and soon became a strong resource for young people and their parents, helping them with the skills to excel in the 4-H program. She later moved to the South Dakota Social Services offices in Martin and then Pine Ridge. She was conscientious in details and attention given to her clients as well as her co-workers. She loved what she did and spoke highly of everyone around her.
Beth loved spending time with her nieces and nephews from planning activities and projects to going on adventures whether in person or through social gaming, the skills and knowledge she provided seemed endless.
Beth will join her mother Connie Klingaman Lyon, sister Lynnette Lyon Nelson and stepbrother Tim Arnold in the next life and is survived by her father Jerald Lyon, stepmother Anne Lyon, sisters Becky (John) Haller Rushville, Neb.; Patricia Bader Martin; and Jeri Lyon (Tyler Fisher) Chadron; step-siblings Matt (Susan) Arnold, Scottsbluff, Neb.; Elizabeth Arnold, Visalia, Calif.; Jon Arnold (Skye Klutts), Scottsbluff; Natasha (Jose) Diaz Star, Idaho; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends.
A celebration of life will be held January 15, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Martin American Legion with a grave-side service to follow in the Spring. A Memorial in honor of Beth is planned for Hope Garden on Main Street in Martin.