Lois Lyman; helped disabled

Posted: June 19, 2013

Whether she was working with the disabled or playing mah-jongg with her daughter, family members said, Lois Lyman lit up any room she was in.

Mrs. Lyman, 83, of Plymouth Meeting, died Sunday, June 16, at Mercy Suburban Hospital. Family members said they believe her death was linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, from which she had long suffered.

Her loved ones described her as "full of life" and devoted to her family and the disabled people she helped through her work at United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity and at Sheltered Employment Services, which has since closed.

Her son-in-law Tom Harris said she would invite clients to eat holiday meals with her family.

Despite her age, Mrs. Lyman still worked at United Cerebral Palsy three days a week, got her hair done every week, and kept her nails impeccably manicured, Harris said.

Her husband of 63 years, Bernie, was her best friend, and she dressed him every day because of his color-blindness, her daughter Joyce Harris said.

"Wherever she went and whoever she met, she was the most popular and beloved person," her granddaughter Katherine Harris said. "If we met somebody first and introduced her to them, instantly they were friends."

In addition to her husband, daughter, and granddaughter, Mrs. Lyman is also survived by a daughter, Debra Lyman Gniewek, and two other grandchildren.

A funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks, 310 Second Street Pike, Southampton. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery, Bensalem.

Donations may be made to United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity ( www.ucpphila.org/support/donation) or the COPD Foundation ( www.copdfoundation.org/Take-Action/Help-Find-a-Cure/Donate.aspx).

Contact Summer Ballentine at 215-854-2000 or SBallentine@philly.com. Follow her on Twitter @esballentine.

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