Emily Christine Lyons, 19

Emily Christine Lyons, age 19, of Beaver Dam, left her earthly home to join her Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Her loving family surrounded her at Wausau Aspirus Hospital where she had been transported following a snowmobile accident in the Minocqua area.

Emily was born Oct. 4, 1995, in Sheboygan to Dawn (Zimmerman) Lyons-Wood and Michael Lyons, formerly of Sheboygan. She attended Beaver Dam Elementary, Middle School and graduated with honors from Beaver Dam High School, class of 2014. She began college at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and was currently a student at UW-La Crosse, where she was pursuing a major in biology.

Our Lord encourages us to “number our days” and Emily seemed, in her youthful wisdom and insight, to make use of every minute of her life. She joyfully filled her days with family, friends, school, travel, service, and social activities. Family gatherings at Grannie and Papa’s home in Sheboygan on holidays were filled with family, good food and laughter.

Emily made countless memories at the Lyons’ “lake house” in West Bend with her many cousins and spent many hours at her favorite place on earth, Lawsonia Golf Course.

In high school, she participated in basketball, track, golf, band, mock trial and National Honor Society, was homecoming queen and took a school trip to Spain. Outside of school, she worked at the Beaver Dam movie theater. And as busy as she was, she always had time for her family, friends and for Sam.

Emily is survived by her parents, Michael Lyons and Dawn Lyons-Wood and stepfather Michael Wood; her sister and best friend Sarah “Sally” Lyons and brother “her bud” Emmett Lyons; stepsiblings Michela, Alexa, Kelly and John Wood; maternal grandparents Don and Judy Zimmerman, Sheboygan; paternal grandparents JoAnne and the late John Lyons of West Bend; step-grandparents Ned and Donna Wood, Wisconsin Dells; aunt Donna Endres and cousins Tierney, Collin and Cameron; aunt Denise Jumes and cousins Greg, Elise and Ana; uncle John (Mary Pat) Lyons and cousins Maggie, Katie, John, Michael and Colleen; uncle Joseph (Karen) Lyons and cousins Kelly, Bob and Bridget; uncle David (Jaquline) Lyons and cousins Nick, Elissa and Ben; aunt Maggie (Mark) Kochevar and cousins Michael, Claire and John; uncle Kevin (Linda) Lyons and cousins Patrick and Abby; uncle Robert (Peggy) Lyons and cousins Anna, Maggie, Grace and Charlie; step-aunt Marcy (Curt) Jackson and cousins Chase and Trinity; her soulmate Sam White and his parents Tim and Jennifer White, and his sister Elida; family friends Uncle Keith Hofmann, Lisa Reed and numerous extended family, friends and loved ones.

Emily will always be remembered for her vibrant personality, kind and helpful heart, her bright smile that would light up the room, her whole-hearted enthusiasm in whatever she did and her ability to show love and positive encouragement to everyone she came in contact with.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 408 S. Spring St., Beaver Dam, with reception immediately to follow in the Mission Hall. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam.

Emily’s family would like to thank the staff of Aspirus Memorial Hospital for the tender care they gave to Emily and those around her. Patrick Novesky, DNR warden on site; Pet Heller, Vilas County Deputy on site; St. Germain first responders; Rhinelander Flight for Life crew and Mike Sailer, owner of Rustic Manor.

Emily’s loving legacy will continue with her wish to be an organ donor.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home, N7199 N. Crystal Lake Road, Beaver Dam, is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit the website at www.koepsellfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the Emily Lyons Memorial Scholarship has been established through the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Committee. Donations can be made to the Beaver Dam High School Scholarship Fund at 500 Gould St., Beaver Dam, WI 53916.