Farming Rural 12

Grace Violet (Jutte) Lyon

April 28, 1922 ~ March 21, 2021 (age 98)


Grace V. Lyon, 98, of Moscow died March 21, 2021. Grace was born at home on the ranch in Genesee on April 28, 1922, to Edward and Carrie (Scharnhorst) Jutte.  She attended school in Genesee and graduated from Genesee High School in 1939. She went on to nurses’ training and received her RN degree in nursing from St. Ignatius in Colfax, WA in 1945. Upon graduation, Grace worked at St. Ignatius Hospital and at the Bryant-Wiesman Clinic in Colfax.

Grace married Clinton Lyon on March 20, 1948 in Genesee. They started farming in the Blaine area and then in 1951 moved to Moscow to farm. She worked on the farm fixing great meals for her family and for the help during spring and summer work, harvest and fall work. She also raised three children.

Mom was known for her plentiful garden, cookie baking, quilting and crocheting skills which she shared with many people. She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and an original member of the neighborhood Worthwhile Club. Mom also worked at Good Samaritan Village as a caregiver. Upon retirement from farming they continued raising a beautiful garden and enjoyed caring for the barn cats and birds.  

In 2014, poor health forced Grace to give up driving at the age of 91 and move off the farm to Regency Pullman Assisted Living. The family would like to thank the staff at Regency and to Kindred Hospice for their attention and care to mom.

Survivors include a son, Alan, his wife Mary of Moscow, daughters, Marilyn Brown, her husband Chris of Meridian, ID, and Judy Lyon of Clarkston, WA, Granddaughter Elli Brown and her husband Travis Gibbens, and a great granddaughter, Sydney Grace Gibbens all of Meridian. One sister, Gloria Virak of Sequim, WA and many nieces and nephews. Her husband of over 61 years, Clinton and one brother Wayne preceded her in death.

A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to the Moscow Rural Fire District, Moscow Ambulance and the Humane Society of the Palouse.

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