Since retiring, Gump has served on the Andover Council on Aging for six years. She has also been a regular volunteer at the Andover Historical Society, teaching third-graders in its “Andover at Work in the 1820s” program, serving on its board of directors and volunteering every Thursday afternoon to greet visitors and researchers. Since 2002, she has been a trustee of the Friends of Memorial Hall Library and co-chairwoman of the group’s book sale for many years. Throughout it all has been a commitment to human services and her community that has defined her professional and volunteer work.
When the English as a Second Language program she was attending ended, Kim knew she had to keep it going. So in 2008, she started an ESL program at New England Bible Church. The approximately 30 students in the program come from Turkey, South Korea, China, Japan, Israel, Brazil, Spain and Hungary. The class is offered at no cost and nursery care, which Kim saw as critical, is also provided. Kim is also the owner of the Kumon Center in Andover and teaches piano, music theory, ear training, sight-reading and music history on weekends. She also plays piano for special services at the New England Bible Church and she and her son, Joseph, visit Wingate Assisted Living once a week to play the piano for residents.
At South Church in Andover, Lyons is known as “Charlock Holmes.” She and her family joined the church 24 years ago when they settled in Andover. In 1999 when it became known that the South Church cemetery burial ground needed serious attention, Lyons was among the volunteers who stepped forward. She soon developed a passion for helping those who were buried there. She has pieced together clues found in documents and on tombstones, sometimes working with lights and mirrors, to discover and share the stories of the deceased, including several veterans. Lyons gives talks and walking tours for the Andover Historical Society and the Center at Punchard as well as tours to local Girl Scout troops highlighting the women of Andover.