Penelope Craig Lyon
Date of Death: November 14, 2014
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Penelope Craig Matthews Lyon, born February 26, 1924 in Monroe, Louisiana, peacefully entered eternal rest on Friday, November 14, 2014 in Clinton, South Carolina. Craig spent 27 years at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, working in various capacities with her favorite being that of College Hostess. Through those years she worked with thousands of students,…

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Weldon Crellin left a message on March 7, 2016:
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Cornelia England left a message on November 19, 2014:
What a precious disciple of Christ Craig was. I have no doubt when she arrived at the Golden Gates....God embraced her and said....well done my good and faithful servant! I have so many fond memories of this lady and her dear family. Please feel my heart hugs
Chip and Lorinda Hill left a message on November 18, 2014:
I remember how sweet, kind and patient Ms. Lyon was with us. She was a mother to us all, many living away from home for the first time. What a servant spirit; a walking, talking, imitator of her Savior. She was loved and will be greatly missed.
Stephana Dean left a message on November 18, 2014:
The memories of my long time most special "Momma Craig", "Penelope", "Mrs. Lyon" are wonderful and many. First of all when the family first moved to Ruston from Natchez Miss. they bought a home right down the big hill in my neighborhood . The Lyon family all went to First Presbyterian Church of Ruston.. my home church. I was about 14 or 15 and Libby was two years behind me in school. We became fast friends and I was riding my bike down the "Thrill Hill" to visit with her all the time. She would do the same with me. Mrs. Lyon became like my second mother in those crazy teenage years. I not only went to see my friend but also loved the way Momma Craig could calm us and put up with all the funny things we did. One of my greatest memories is of several of us Ruston Presbyterian teenagers went to Lookout Mt. to be part of a program called"Operation Lookout". My father showed me the brochures and it looked fabulous. It was a Christian based program where the youth would help take care of the rooms and preparation for Christian and Business Conferences that would come in all summer. I think it was about six weeks. I did that with Libby and Chad a couple of years. It was hard work but we had great adventures on the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang White Covenant School Bus. Riding down that huge mountain in it was a terror and I remember having Mrs. Lyon in tears from laughter.The summer I graduated RHS they asked Mrs. Lyon to be a counselor in the program and she asked if I wanted to be one also!!! That was a wonderful job and so much fun with Mrs. Lyon... I remember they loved our southern accents and they fell in Love with Mrs. Lyon. Who would not? I can tell you she was one of my most positive influences and we were always laughing at funny things. I loved to make her laugh... :)She was my Melanie from "Gone With the Wind"and I told her so on many occasions . We had a funny story about the Peach Festival in Ruston. The Arts Club wanted me sponsor me but my father was not into it .:) Mrs. Lyon was helping me .. never defying my parents but did drive me to Monroe to have and interview on T.V. We had a flat and I had convinced her that the man helping us was going to get us because he was wearing gloves... :)It was the middle of the day and we laughed about that for all these years. I loved riding around with Libby in the " White Lightening" and her in me "Green Bird". Mrs. Lyon always sweet and patient with us!:) When I got married Mrs. Lyon was seated at my book. Love the picture of her doing that almost 41 years ago!! I wanted her to be a Bridesmaid!!! My husband Bud and I visited her at Covenant on our trips to Virginia and Tenn. I always loved the "Hostess with the Mostness" . They discovered her at Covenant... :)She was a Star wherever she went..:). She glowed with the Goodness of the Lord and all that were privileged to meet her felt it. Through the years she would come visit her brother ,Neil,in Shreveport and we would always have a reunion with her.. My son picking her up at the airport.. We would all go to lunch or visit with Neil at his home along with Jean Bogard McBride. We were both friends with Libby , First Presbyterians, and huge fans of Momma Craig. I think we also were good for Mrs. Lyon to help keep Libby's memory alive. I could write a book and I almost did but she will be dearly missed and meant so much to me personally. She is in Heaven with my favorite couple .. My Parents. There is only one woman I looked up to more and that was my own Wonderful Mother. I will miss our stories "Momma Craig". Heaven is a Happier Place and the Earth has been so much Better Because you Made Such and impact. Great Love, Stephana Dean
Jim Cox left a message on November 18, 2014:
What a beautiful lady of God. It was my honor to know and work with Craig at Covenant College from 1971 to 1974 and to have contact with her both before and after those dates. She was the most gracious, warm and loving person and could remember names and relationships and most of the time the years associated with people. She really never met a stranger in the years I knew her. Though she has been gone from the college for some years she will live in the hearts of the students, faculty and staff members that were blessed to know her. May God's blessings be on her family in their loss. Know that if there were such a thing as "Heavenly Hostess" she would certainly qualify.To God be the glory.
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Connie Kyle left a message on November 18, 2014:
Prayers are with all of the family
Karen left a message on November 17, 2014:
Mrs. Lyons brightened many of my days with her sweet spirit. She also enjoyed giving me bowls with pansy flowers floating in a small amount of water. She was one of the Godliest ladies I have ever met. During her time on Lookout Mountain, she touched many lives.
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