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Susan Robbins Lyon

April 23, 1948 — July 6, 2024


Susan Robbins Lyon

Susan Robbins Lyon died peacefully on Saturday, July 6, 2024, with her three siblings nearby.

A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, at Eastview Cemetery in Wadesboro.

Susan was born in Wadesboro on April 23, 1948, a daughter of Anne and Risden Lyon, and the first of four children. She completed the Special Education Program under Mrs. Alice Burch, where she excelled at reading and writing, and made lifelong friends.

Susan was renowned for her prodigious memory. She could always be counted on to remember names, birthdays and family stories. She loved all kinds of music, and enjoyed singing, playing keyboards and drums. Susan also loved being an active part of the First Baptist Church in Wadesboro, and spending time with her many friends and family as part of the West Wade gang.

Susan lived in the family home until age 59 when she moved to Raleigh to be with her sister Mary Lou and her family. The Capital City offered many new opportunities to indulge her growing interests, including singing (as a member of the celebrated MnM Singers), horseback riding, art, enjoying restaurants, volunteering and shopping. For 15 years Susan adored a busy membership at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church and its Starnes Class.

Her many circles of friends were legend. Andy Griffith and Vince Gill had no greater fan.

There was no sweeter, more helpful, purer spirit than Susan. Our Susan remained good-natured, funny and beautiful until the very end.

She is survived by her siblings, Mary Lou (Rob) Gelblum, Ruthie (Marco) Fuchs and Allen (Melanie) Lyon; her nieces, Annafrancesca Fuchs (Ryan Balch) and Isabella Fuchs; her nephews, Reuben Gelblum and Morris Gelblum (Mariana); her great-nephew Vim Lucio Balchfox; her first cousin who was like a sister, Dodie Little; and her favorite fur friend Dumpling.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents; her dear Aunt Mary Louise Little (Aunt Lou) and Uncle Hal Little; and her first cousin Henry Little.

We would like to thank the wonderful people who helped with Susan’s care over the years, and became like family. Susan was always surrounded by love and happiness.

Susan had a deep love and respect for all animals. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Anson County Animal Shelter would be an honor to her memory. The address is: Anson County Animal Shelter, 7257 US Highway 74, Polkton, NC 28135, or email

The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The services are private.

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