Sylvia Applebee Lyon


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Enfield and Portland - Sylvia Applebee Lyon, loving wife of the late Kenneth Lyon, and the daughter of the late Sylvan and Hazel Applebee, left our world on Monday, October 29, 2018, from the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine.
She leaves behind her two children, Michael and Lynn McInnis, and their father, Edward McInnis; her stepdaughter, Cheryl Lyon; her brother, Terrence Applebee; sister, Irene Mills; and sister-in-law, Jean Applebee. She also leaves her two beloved grandsons, Matthew and Elliot McInnis.
Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, Sylvan and Hazel Applebee; her husband, Kenneth Lyon; her brothers, Eugene and Melbourne Applebee; and her sisters, Dona Applebee and Barbara Cromwell.
During her lifetime, Sylvia acquired a great knowledge of antiques, particularly Early American Glass, and her love of antiques continued throughout her life. It was a love shared by her husband Ken. Many may remember her antiques column for the Bangor Daily News, or her antiques shows at Pilot's Grill in Bangor Maine, or her writing for the Cape Cod News. She especially loved her collection of antique perfume and scent bottles.
Sylvia was very proud of her antiques shops in Searsport, Maine, and in Yarmouthport and East Sandwich Massachusetts, and to always have had a quality shop where she guaranteed all of her sales.
In addition to her antiques business, Sylvia also worked as a secretary at the Bangor Theological Seminary and as secretary to the station manager at WLBZ in Bangor, Maine. When the family moved to Waterville Maine, Sylvia worked as Executive Secretary to the President of Hathaway Shirts.
Sylvia and Ken eventually settled in Fisher's Hill Virginia. While he was President of the National Early American Glass Club, Sylvia served as secretary and authored the newsletter 'Glass Shards.'
Sylvia's love of music started in the second grade. She could play just about anything by ear on the organ, piano, or ukulele. Her love of music was passed on to her children and grandchildren. She loved theatre and performed with the Bangor Savoyards and Waterville Follies. Her favorite roles included Bloody Mary from South Pacific, Mrs. Paroo in Music Man and Daisy May in L'il Abner. She always felt that the theatre gave her self confidence.
Sylvia loved her friends Vasco and Marguerite Baldacci, Carl and Joyce Coutts, Carolyn Powers, and William and Whit Samways.
A service will be held at the Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln at 7 Lee Road at 11:00 a.m. on November 7, with a reception immediately following. Interment will be at the Applebee family cemetery in Enfield.
The family would like to thank The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough for their excellent care and would recommend donations in Sylvia's name be made to Hospice of Southern Maine in lieu of flowers. Online condolences may be expressed at
Published on October 31, 2018
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