ORONO/STEUBEN — Viola M. (Wowie) Lyman, 92, of Orono and Steuben died peacefully on Friday, June 9, 2017, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her sister, Janet Batt; children Tracy, Nicholas, Mary and Elizabeth; and grandchildren Eric, Gordon and Wade.
Wowie was born in Middletown, Conn., to Albert and Hilda McCutcheon. She attended Skidmore College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree there. Wowie married John Lyman in 1947 and they were together for 67 years until John died in 2014. She loved her family and friends, horses and dogs, dance, the Maine woods and seacoast, and saw with joy the many small wonders that all offered to her. She touched many people especially with her love of beauty and of life, always taking a keen interest in hearing about the lives of all those who crossed her path. Wowie was a prolific visual artist and taught art lessons to both children and adults until late in her life. She liked to say “you have to really look to see” and “to draw something you have to see what’s all around it.”
A memorial service will be held to celebrate Wowie’s life starting at 11 a.m. on July 22, 2017, at 66 Wilderness Shore Road South, Steuben. Memories and condolences may be offered to her family at www.acadiacremation.com. Donations in lieu of flowers or other gifts can be sent to Animal Orphanage in Old Town.