Phyllis “Diller” A. Lyons, 49, died Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Benefis East Campus in Great Falls, Mont., due to complications from lupus.
Cremation has taken place, and her memorial service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Fifth Avenue Christian Church, with Rowlie Hutton officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Memorials in Phyllis’ honor may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L St. N.W., Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland & Bonine Funeral Home. Diller was born March 3, 1960, in Havre, Mont., to Chris and Sandra (Sorenson) Heggen Jr. She was raised in Kremlin and attended Kremlin and Gildford schools graduating from KG High School. She worked at KG Elementary School as the school secretary for a few years. Then she went to work for General Mills as the bookkeeper. She met James B. Lyons, and the couple married Nov. 7, 1987, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Together they made their home in Gildford, moving to Valier in 1991. A year after moving to Valier, Diller went to work for the Pondera Canal and Reservoir Company as the bookkeeper, where she worked for the last 17 years. Diller enjoyed people, she loved to spend time with her family and friends, work on various projects for her home, quilt and travel. She and Jim had just purchased a Hot Rod SSR. She was a loving person who knew all the children in Valier and her neighborhood. She enjoyed children, always helping out the next-door neighbors, their children and taking care of their dog. She kept a beautiful yard and enjoyed working outdoors. She was preceded in death by her father, Chris Heggen Jr.; and an infant sister. Phyllis is survived by her husband of 22 years, James B. Lyons of Valier, Mont.; her brothers, Tim (Debbie) Heggen of Helena, Mont., Dale (Julie) Heggen of Havre, Mont., Lynn (Bonnie) Heggen of Havre, Mont., and Ellis (Nelsa) Heggen of Great Falls, Mont.; her mother; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.