Annette J. Lyons, age 94

of Braintree

Annette J. Lyons, age 94

Annette J. (Lawless) Lyons, age 94, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Annette was born in Wellesley Hills, to the late John and Marie (McCluskey) Lawless. Raised in Weston, she was a graduate of the former Saint Brendan High School. She was proud to have earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College in 1954 as part of their first nursing class.

She lived in Braintree for over sixty years.

Annette was proud to be a registered nurse. She began her career working at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary before leaving the workforce to raise her family. She later returned, working as a registered nurse in the newborn nursery at the former Quincy City Hospital for twenty-five years, retiring in 1999.

She was a longtime parishioner of the former Saint Thomas More Parish in Braintree.

Most of all, Annette was devoted to her family, and especially enjoyed spending summers on the beach with them. She took great pleasure in being surrounded by her ever-growing family.

Beloved wife of the late John F. “Jack” Lyons.

Devoted mother of Karen M. Lyons and her partner Joe Webb of Milton, John F. “Jack” Lyons, Jr. and his wife Michele of Dartmouth, Kathleen A. Porkka and her husband Jonathan of Osterville, James J. Lyons and his wife Lisa of Norwell, Lee Ann Mitchell and her husband Scott of Milton, and Paul M. Lyons and his wife Jacquelyn of Pembroke.

Loving grandmother of sixteen and great grandmother of nineteen.

The last of five siblings, she was predeceased by Joan Phillips, Richard “Bud” Lawless, Leone F. French, and Paula E. Gleason.

Annette is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, February 23, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, on Saturday, February 24, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Linwood Cemetery, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Annette’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • Paul, Jacqui and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a great lady, raising a wonderful family and inspiring her grandchildren to pursue a career in nursing! Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  • Paul
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mum was an awesome lady
    And anyone who was lucky to know her was blessed… I know she is resting peacefully.

    T McDonough

  • You truly will be missed my Dear Friend. I hope I can continue to see some of your family from time to time, here and there so we can speak of you and remember the good times. Trips to the Cape, Bermuda, Nursing friends as we got together for lunch etc. May you be at Peace now together with Jack, the 💕 love of your life.

  • Dear Karen and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Your mother and father were so kind to me me whenever I visited your family.
    I’m happy to have stayed in touch with Karen since our Braintee High days to see photos of wonderful family times.
    God bless her & all of you as you celebrate her long, happy, purposeful life.

  • Paul and Family
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    So many memories, she will be missed.
    Prayers to all of the family.

  • Paul & family…

    I’m truly saddened by the passing of your wonderful Mother.
    No one wore that “Matriarchal Medal of Honor” more proudly than your Mom…you can clearly see that in her smile; in every one of those beautiful “ever-growing” family reunion photos! What an incredible Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother…what a legacy she leaves! ❤️

  • Aloha 🌺 Lyons Ohana

    My sincere condolences 💐 on the passing of your mom. She definitely lived a beautiful life and will be missed. May all your wonderful memories together help through this difficult time.

  • Dear Karen and Joe
    What a wonderful obituary-you can feel the love and kindness that surrounded your Mom. We will pay her a tribute on top of the mountain where we seem to connect to what has gone and what is in front of us.

  • To Karen and the Lyons’ family – I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Over the years, I loved to hear about her and how much you loved and cared for her. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Hugs, Jennifer

  • Karen sorry for your loss 🙏🏻❤️