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Mary L. Lyons, age 63

Mary L. Lyons, 63, of Sherwood, Arkansas passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at Baptist Health Hospital in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born in Charleroi, PA to Diane W. Gelder and George E. Bender on March 25, 1957.
Mary was a beautiful woman with a heart of gold. She loved everyone she met and if she didn’t know you when she met you, she did before you parted. She loved all of her family and friends immensely and she showed that by mailing loving and encouraging cards, sending texts right on time, and praying continually for their needs at that time in their lives. She loved being outdoors and enjoying God’s most delicate creations; its no surprise that she had the most beautiful gardens! 
Mary attended the Baring Cross Baptist Church. Her love for her Savior shined through as a light in a darkened world. 
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
Mary was preceded in death by her husband and father of her children: Donald N. Barnett; her second husband: Jesse Lyons; and her father: George E. Bender. 
She will be deeply missed by her children: Jeremiah N. Barnett and Katie N. McGuire (Michael) and two step- daughters; Grandchildren: Mackenzie Grace McGuire, Nolan Michael McGuire, Sophia Nicole Wright, and Dominic Hadley Barnett. She was a loving sister to: Joanie Hayes (Dave), Ralph George “RG” Bender (Peggy), Cindy Moir, Ginny Strawser (Scott), half- sister, Tanya Schilling (Michael) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends and family. 
Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service,  2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400


  • Lea StoutenboroughThoman Posted February 1, 2021 12:57 PM

    Mary, I will miss your morning blessings and prayers
    Miah & Katie, Joanie, RG, Cindy & Ginny et.all- I’m heart broken for you all.
    I’m thankful to be able to call her my friend and you all my family. Her gifts of thoughtfulness, kindness, wisdom and love I will cherish and I hope they see you through this.
    With sympathy and my most sincere condolences.
    Love, Lea StoutenboroughThoman

  • Lisa davis Posted February 2, 2021 6:44 AM

    May you rest in peace

  • Mike Wilkins and Janet Eberle-Wilkins Posted February 2, 2021 3:11 PM

    We are glad you have made it home to a place of rest, peace and reunion, even though our hearts are left empty. We miss you so much. Your Bible verses and prayers meant so much to us. We are praying for your family members and loved ones left. We will see you again!

  • Dan’s Peterd Posted February 2, 2021 3:31 PM

    Was so blessed to meet her only a couple of times. My prayers go out to my dear friend Joanie and The rest of Mary’s family!

  • Tim and Sheila Linn Posted February 3, 2021 11:48 AM

    Joanie and family, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I was so blessed to get to know Mary through my sister in law Joanie. Mary was a wonderful and fun person who i enjoyed hanging with whenever i saw her.

  • Janet Epperson Posted February 4, 2021 9:22 AM

    Mary was such a great friend to me always encouraging me through calls and texts mailing me things to read. Feel blessed to have known her and had her in my life. Loved hearing about her kids & grandkids. Mary, loved you all so much will keep you all in my prayers.
    Janet Epperson

  • Janice Muse Posted February 4, 2021 6:34 PM

    So sorry to hear about Mary. She loved her church and family. She will be missed.

  • Susan Hall Kraft Posted February 5, 2021 8:56 AM

    Condolences to Jeremiah, Katie, and the rest of Mary’s family. Fond memories of Mary from her life in Middletown, Ohio. Love, the Michael Hall family

  • Melanie Robin Posted February 5, 2021 2:10 PM

    Katie, Miah & Joanie, RG, Ginny, & Cindy & Mary’s Mom
    I have had the pleasure of being a friend of Mary for some 40 years or more. She Loved all of you so much we shared stories of our lives always, mostly prayers & God’s Love for us all. I know she is at the feet of Jesus listening to him & free of pain & at peace .
    She will be Missed by all of us who had that opportunity to connect with her . We had plans to see each other in the Spring of 2021 so instead I will wait till we meet in Heaven.
    My Heart is Full of Beautiful memories of her.
    She was The Best!!
    She will Never be Forgotten, Friends for Lifetime & Then some.

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