, Gloucester, MA

April 16, 2013

Adelaide Lyons, 92

Rockport, MA — M. Adelaide Lyons, 92, formerly of Rockport, passed away on Sunday morning, April 14, 2013, at the Villa Maria Nursing Home, Plainfield, Conn.

Born in Boston on August 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Alice (Cummings) Lyons.

Adelaide served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a graduate of Trinity College. She rose to the rank of Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserve and then worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

For many years, Adelaide worked as the librarian at the former Pigeon Cove Library in Rockport.

She was an active member of her community, serving as a member of the St. Joachim’s Ladies’ Guild, the Pigeon Cove Circle, the St. Mary’s Book Club, the Sandy Bay Historical Society and the Cape Ann Historical Association.

Adelaide told stories of the Old West for her friends and family, similarly to the way that her father told tales of the Phoenicians and the Ancient Greeks. Those closest to her knew her as Aunt Sis and she never failed to save a stamp, collect a seashell, clip a newspaper story, or put aside a new book for a friend. She walked every inch of Cape Ann, proud to share a home with centuries of sailors, American Indians, and hermit crabs.

She is survived by her devoted niece, Annamaria Colburn and her husband, Dustin, of Lisbon, Conn., and their sons Jonathan Colburn, of Boston, Christopher Lumb, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was predeceased by her sister, Alice Dieli and her brothers, Charles Lyons and Daniel Lyons Jr.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in the Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main St., Rockport, on Wednesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend. The burial will be held Seaside Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit