Pamela Sue Morrison Lyman – Millard County Chronicle Progress
May 6, 1943 ~ October 14, 2021
Pamela Sue Morrison Lyman passed away peacefully on October 14, 2021 in Lehi, Utah.
Pam was born on May 6, 1943 in Delta, Utah, to Richard Snow Morrison and Wanda LaVonne Taylor Morrison.
Pam lived a full life, but her greatest joy was her family. She was very proud of her five children; all served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and all graduated from BYU. They are all starting their own families now.
Pam excelled in her various careers – from nurse to teacher to small business owner to health program director. She was also a devoted member of Latter-day Saint Church of Jesus Christ and served as a Relief Society president and Young Women president, among many other callings. She had a kind and generous soul and loved everyone she met.
Pam grew up in Delta and was a proud member of the “Old Delta 2nd Ward”, as she affectionately called it, where she performed in youth choirs and sports teams. In 1961 she graduated from Delta High School.
After high school, Pam married Edward Leo Lyman III in the Salt Lake Temple (they later divorced); and enrolled at Brigham Young University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1966. Shortly after graduating, she gave birth to the oldest of her five children and moved to California. She and Leo raised their family primarily in Riverside (then Victorville), California.
Family life was shaped by hard work, sporting events, and summer outings. Pam always made time to take her children to practices and all events that were important to them. She sometimes drove for hours to watch her children’s ball games and often paced the edge of the field because she was too nervous to sit still and watch. She was also known for her high-pitched “Woohoo” that she yelled from the stands.
The work provided Pam with a diverse and fulfilling mix of experiences. She was independent, able, and curious in whatever haunted her. She began her career as a nurse in a hospital, then moved to slower jobs in the medical field; worked as a school nurse and trainer for medical professions. Pam earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1986 and used those skills to start her own successful home business, Laser Image Technology, refurbishing toner cartridges and repairing laser printers and copiers. After their divorce in 1995, Pam sold her business and moved her family back to Utah to be closer to their adult children.
Upon her return to Utah, Pam served as the program director for the Center for Health Education in the Central Utah area. In that capacity, Pam worked with the Utah Department of Health to provide free mobile dental clinics to families in underserved areas of rural Utah. As a result of these efforts, Pam received a National Special Award for Community Projects in Little Rock, AR; and was recognized by the state for “Outstanding Contribution to Utah Public Health.” She also wrote state and federal grants in support of local anti-drug programs.
Pam’s life was filled with a balance that worked perfectly for her. She was a career woman and mother at the same time. She was both a feminist and a housewife. She was very independent, but she trusted in God. She was strong-willed but open to change. Her political views were framed by both her rural upbringing and the years she spent in Southern California. She was thrifty but also loved the latest gadgets – as evidenced by her Apple IIe computer in the early 80s, her pocket phone and AOL account in the early 90s, an early model of Toshiba laptop and CD players, and she had Always have the latest mobile phone with you.
Pam’s nieces and nephews called her the “funny aunt” and remember visiting her in California and taking trips to the beach, Disneyland, and dirt bikes. Her grandchildren remember overnight stays and special trips with her. Some of her fondest memories were the family time she spent in Oak City on the Creek. Even after years of dementia, she often told nursing home staff and residents all about her family and Oak City.
Pam faced the many trials of her life with courage and faith. Her parents and three of her siblings died at a relatively young age, and she looked after her youngest brother during his final months. Whenever she faced a difficult decision, she followed a pattern of fasting, praying, and temple attendance as she sought the Lord’s will. One of her favorite scriptures was Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and don’t lean on your own mind. Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will guide your ways. ”Pam lived this advice all her life and always ended up choosing the course of action that she thought was best for her family, even if that way went from required her sacrifice. She left a legacy of faith to her children and grandchildren.
Pam is survived by her sister Dorothy Morrison; and their five children: Edward Leo Lyman IV (Vicki Eliason); Richard Edwin Lyman (Nikki Davie); John David Lyman (Jennifer Olsen); Laurel Lyman Hanks; and James Russell Lyman (Candace Copeland), 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Her mother and father preceded her in death; her sister: Carol Ann Morrison Nielson; and brothers: Richard Steven Morrison and David Morrison.
The funeral will take place on Friday, October 22nd at 11 a.m. at Delta 1st Ward LDS Chapel, 222 West 200 North. Before the service there will be a tour from 9.30 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. Friends are also invited to watch the funeral live stream. The link will be published together with your obituary at www.nicklemortuary.com. The burial takes place in the Delta City Cemetery.