Amy Lyon of Prior Lake has been named Mrs. Scott County 2013, and will represent the county in the Mrs. Minnesota International Pageant in St. Cloud March 16-17, 2013. 

A presentation on Lyon’s platform will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m., at the start of the Scott County Board meeting.

During the next year, Lyon, 36, will volunteer her time speaking to various civic and community groups to promote her platform, “Healing After Loss.” She will also continue to be available for support groups and to serve as a support person for parents who have lost a child.

“This is an incredible opportunity to share my story and offer hope to those who have experienced a loss of any kind,” said Lyon. “I want people to know that it is possible to heal, and moving forward does not have to mean moving on.”

Lyon’s daughter, Isabelle, passed away in 2007 at four months of age from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The charities that will benefit from Lyon’s work include the Minnesota-based Baby Angels Foundation and the Minnesota Children’s Hospital Sudden Infant Death Center.

Lyon also hopes that her first published book, “Only God Knows Why: A Mother’s Memoir of Death and Rebirth,” will find its way into the hands of those who need it most. The book was released in September 2012.

Sarah Bazey, who was named Mrs. Minnesota 2012 in March and Mrs. International 2012 in July, will also be in at the board meeting. Both Lyon and Bazey will share information about their respective platforms.

Lyon currently works as a community newspaper editor for the Savage Pacer. She enjoys gardening, blogging, home remodeling, and quiet nights with friends and family.

Her husband, Chad, manages a Walgreens store, and their son, Wyatt, is 4 years old and attends preschool.

“What intrigued me most about this opportunity is the emphasis that the Mrs. International system puts on family and volunteerism,” said Lyon. “Those are the two most important things in my life.”

For more information about Amy Lyon, visit www.amylyon.com

Beginning 22 years ago, Mrs. International was developed to promote higher standards than other pageant systems, showcasing women 21 to 56 years old, married at least six months, and a resident of her state or a citizen of her country.