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Shirley Elaine Lyson
November 24, 1937 - July 31, 2017

Place of Birth: Carrington, ND
Residence: Williston, ND
Age: 79

Shirley Lyson was born November 24, 1937 to Thelma (Westley) and Ervin Topp in Carrington, North Dakota. She grew up on the family farm near Grace City, North Dakota. At an early age she learned to cook, can and bake to help her mother around the house. She graduated from Grace City High School in 1955. She attended Valley City College and graduated with a teaching degree in 1957.
Shirley and Stan met the fall of 1957 at a dance in Minot where Shirley was an elementary teacher. Stan knew when he saw the cute black-haired woman he would be dancing with her all night. Shirley says after the first date she would be married to this man. They were engaged on Valentine’s Day and were married July 20, 1958. Four children were born to this marriage. They just celebrated their 59th anniversary.
They made their home in Parshall where Shirley continued to teach for a few years. Stan’s career change moved the family to Williston, North Dakota in 1962. Shirley would be further from her home and was nervous about the change. When they got to Williston, men and their wives from the police department were there to help move them move in. Shirley was on her way to making life-long friends. Williston became their home for the next 55 years, where they raised their three children.
Shirley and Stan loved to take long walks, having coffee and playing cards with friends. They enjoyed summer vacations visiting their many relatives and friends. In the fall and winter, they could be found in Williston High School or Williston State College bleachers watching basketball. They travelled to Fargo frequently to watch Sydney, who was the flyer on the cheerleading team and Jessica, who is on the Fargo North swim team. Every Sunday morning, they were sitting in the front pew of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Shirley was kind and generous with a big heart. She was a great hostess and wanted to make sure everyone had enough to eat. Some of her specialties included homemade buns, caramel rolls, chocolate chip cookies, Aunt Sally cookies and fried bread dough, to name a few. Shirley was eager share her skills and knowledge of crocheting, knitting and baking. She was a very patient teacher.
Shirley enjoyed playing cards and board games. She was always so lucky and won most of the time. She loved to be outdoors in the fresh air, tending to her flowers and the garden. She had a large garden and took pleasure in giving fresh vegetables to family and friends.
Shirley’s pride and joy were her two grand-daughters. She enjoyed reading the girls books, playing Barbies and games with them. She loved teaching them to bake cookies and pies. Grandma would do anything they wanted!
Shirley is survived by her husband Stanley Lyson, daughters, Tammy Lyson and Lisa Hewell (Rob), granddaughters Sydney and Jessica, son, Rory (Judy) Lyson, sister, Marilyn (Bob) Glowac, brother, George (Kaye) Topp, brother-in-law Ron Nelson and numerous nieces and nephews.
Shirley is preceded in death by parents, Ervin (Thelma) Topp, infant daughter, Kim Lyson, sister, Glenda Nelson.

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Memorials are suggested to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the charity of the giver's choice.

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Craig and Rena Helberg (Williston)
Aug 2, 2017
We are saddened to hear of Shirley's passing. She was quite a woman: strong, generous, opinionated, and kind. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to her family. May God bless you.
Harlan & Dianne Torgerson (Newtown, ND)
Aug 2, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. May your beautiful memories comfort you through the tough times. Prayers for you all.
Kelvin & Bonny Zimmer (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Aug 2, 2017
Stan, Rory, Tammy, Lisa and family; Bon and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Shirley. I have such fond memories of Shirley during my years in Williston as a deputy sheriff. One of those memories is as being a young single person and being away from my family, Shirley and Stan would invite me, and other deputies over to the house for supper, they both made me feel welcome, or to stop over while on patrol to grab a cookie or a piece of pie, it is one of the things I will never forget.
And who can forget the FANTASTIC Turkey Dinners we all shared at the LEC, or Ray Atol Pistol Range. Thank you.
I can still hear Shirley say, “Stanley” when Stan would say or do something that she thought was inappropriate at the time. In all my time with the sheriff’s department, she is the only one that I ever knew to get away with calling the Sheriff, Stanley.
What a wonderful lady, may the good Lord wrap his arms around you all and comfort you during this time.
Shirley, please say hi to my dad for me. Until we meet again RIP Shirley.
Rod St. Aubyn (West Fargo, ND)
Aug 2, 2017
Stan and family, I was saddened to read about Shirley's passing. May you all be comforted by family and friends during the period of grieving. Though death may take away the physical being, nothing can erase the wonderful memories that you all have of Shirley. Truly, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Julia McBride (Bismarck, ND)
Aug 2, 2017
Dear Senator and family, I was so very sorry to learn of the passing of your Shirley...May she rest in peace. Sending prayers and blessing to you all during this time of sorrow.I was in the supply room and saved the Senator one day!!!! Ha!!! God bless you all.
Carolyn (Marburger) Pratt (Mesa, AZ)
Aug 3, 2017
Dear Lyson family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing! She was such a giving, wonderful woman! I'll never forget when she came out to "help" me plant my garden at Dapple Grey Estates! I stood there watching, and she had it all planted in no time flat! God bless this sweet lady and all of her family!!
You're all in my thoughts and prayers!
Lovingly,
Carolyn
Michelle Miller (Jamestown, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
Rory and Family,
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with you all.
Sincerely,
Michelle Miller
Mark & Sherie Gaunska (Jamestown, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
We are sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. Our thoughts are with the Family
Art Olson (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Aug 3, 2017
Family of Shirley Lyson . Throughout her lifetime , Shirley served as a pillar of strength and support for her Family and Friends . Her support for Stan during his tenure of public service was recognized by The North Dakota Peace Officers Association . ..With Sincere Condolences Art & Val Olson
Kelly Schmidt (Bismarck, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
Stan, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Shirley was a special lady and the two of you were a special team. May the memories carry you during this difficult time. My prayers are with you in the days and weeks ahead.
Pam (Kennedy) Schneider (Bismarck, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
To the Lyson Family ~ My deepest condolences to each of you. To me Shirley will always be Mrs. Lyson, my Bluebird Troup Mom when the neighborhood girls were all very little. Shirley always had a smile. May the strength of the Lord be with you all.
Hal Paulette Lyson
Aug 3, 2017
Sorry for your loss, she truly was a great loving person
Norma Vennes (Saint Michael , Minnesota)
Aug 3, 2017
Stan & Family,
I send my sympathy to you at this most difficult time and pray the Lord is close to you in the days ahead.
Sylvia Weeks (Red Wing, MN)
Aug 3, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. We have so many wonderful memories of visiting with her with the walking/coffee group and at church. She was a wonderful friend to my mother for many years - she brought a lot of joy into her life and for so many others. She will always have a special place in my heart. Stan, Tammy, Rory and Lisa, you have had the best in your lives with her. Take comfort in your memories.
Donna Rockney (Williston, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
Shirley will be missed by many. She was a good friend and neighbor for over 50 years. We drank a lot of coffee during those years. Our heartfelt sympathy to all her family and loved ones. ????????
Jacquie Exner (Jamestown, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
Rory and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time, sorry for you loss.
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig
Aug 3, 2017
Stan, Tami & Family
So sorry to hear of Shirley passing away! May you keep her memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead..
Sincere Sympathy,
Jeanne
Dick Krause (Huntley, Illinois)
Aug 3, 2017
Stan,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your soul mate of so many years. My prayers go out to you and your family

Howard Klug
Aug 3, 2017
Stan
I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you for all that Shirley and you have done to make Williston a special place to live.
Terry Wanzek (Jamestown, ND)
Aug 3, 2017
Stan,
My deepest sympathies to you and family. When I heard about Shirley's passing my thoughts went to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, grieving the loss of your wife Shirley. May God bring you comfort.
Terry
Mark Lyson (Liverpool, England)
Aug 4, 2017
Sending my sincere and heartfelt condolences to Uncle Stan, Tammy, Rory, Lisa, and all the family.
Although I cannot be with there, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Aunt Shirley was a special lady!
'Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us ever day. Unseen unheard but always near, still loved still missed and very dear'
Goodnight Godbless Aunt Shirley, may you rest in peace.
Jan Sell (Fargp, ND)
Aug 4, 2017
Tammy and family, I was so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was just the nicest lady. It's hard to say good bye to our moms. God be with all of you in the days ahead.
Bob Imsland (Queen Creek, AZ)
Aug 4, 2017
Stan and Family
Our sincere condolences on your loss.

Bob and Dorothy Imsland
Nancy Kraft (Winterville , NC)
Aug 4, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Aunt Shirley was an awesome person who always made you feel welcome. She will be greatly missed. Love you all.
Earl and Beth Innis (Williston, ND)
Aug 4, 2017
Stan and Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Shirley was a very great person, great wife, mother, and grandmother. She was amazing and I so enjoyed visiting with her and getting her delicious recipes. They were always the best. She will be missed by so many people. Our hearts and prayers will be with you all.
Larry & Rita Klemin (Bismarck, ND)
Aug 5, 2017
Stan, sorry to hear that Shirley has passed away. I recall you telling me that although she was a little woman, she could throw you across the room. May she Rest In Peace. Rep. Larry & Rita Klemin
Keith and Judy Skaare (Mesa, Arizona)
Aug 5, 2017
Our sincerest Condolences to Stan and his Family
Joyce Annette Westrum (Beach, ND)
Aug 5, 2017
Stan - we were so saddened to hear Shirley had passed away. Our sincere and loving sympathy.
Jayme Oyen (Tomball, TX)
Aug 7, 2017
Stan, Tammy, Rory and Lisa,

I was saddened to read of Shirley's passing. Having lived next door for the first 9 years of my life I have many fond memories of her. In visiting with Shirley briefly last fall she was as gracious and kind as always and that is what I will remember. I'm praying for each of you in this time of sorrow.
Renae Doan (McKenzie, ND)
Aug 7, 2017
Stan,

So very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. You and your family are in our prayers. She was a very special person to all who had the pleasure of meeting her.
Renae & Jerry
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