Members of the Molly Craig Lyons family gather in front of Avola’s log schoolhouse during a reunion held Aug. 4. Pictured are (l-r) Al and Sharon Lyons from 150 Mile House, Elizabeth Lyons from Delta, Jennifer Lyons from Burnaby, Deborah (Lyons) Bannister from Vernon in front, behind her are Jay Lyons from Ladner behind him, Daniel Shaw from North Vancouver, Evelyne (Craig) McKay from Kamloops is front and centre. Next is Nancy (Lyons) Schlechtleitner from Kelowna, behind her is Ken Lyons from Vancouver, Dale Lyons from Dawson Creek, JB Cole holding baby Theo, Melody (McKay) Cole and their children: Oliver and Bianca from Kelowna. Molly Craig Lyons passed away in February, 2013, before her wish became a reality: to return to Avola one more time and see her childhood school. Her only living sister, Evelyne (Craig) McKay, to share family stories and recall memories with eight of Molly’s 11 children.
Photo by Eleanor Deckert