Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Aunt Sylvia

This past Sunday my Aunt Sylvia's battle with cancer ended. I got the message from cousin Hugh Monday morning. He said they were all there with her. My Aunt was a wonderful lady. Even though through growing up are large families had let time pass by and slip into years without seeing each other, we all still love each other, and something just doesn't seem right to think Aunt Sylvia is not here anymore.

I have many fond memories of my Aunt. She always made us feel loved, and was always so giving. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren beyond herself. She was the heart of that family. She had a huge smile and always wore it, and she endured through many trials. She gave me my love of crafts. I remember going to her house, and she was always making something. She seemed to have no end to her talent, painting, sewing, creating she was truly gifted. Bowling was her passion, she was awesome at it, of course I'm still lucky to stay out of the gutter ball zone. The bowling alley was a second home, and I remember spending many birthday bowling parties there. She also made great cookies, and could make all those cool character cakes.

So I thought I'd share a couple pictures of my Aunt Sylvia. She was married to my Uncle Hugh for 50+ years, was a mom to 5 children, a grandma to 8 grandchildren, and great-grandma to 4 great-grandchildren. And a friend to more than you could count.

The first picture is my Aunt the night before her wedding to my Uncle I believe in 1956.

The next picture is a picture of my mom (on the left), and my Aunt blowing out my Aunt's birthday candles at her 70th birthday. The party was of course at a bowling alley.

The picture was taken this past August at the park for my mom's 80th birthday party. It was a blessing that we all got together that day. My mom and her brother are the two oldest of the four siblings. My mom's youngest brother was killed in a plane crash in 1973.
Mom had a stroke a few years back, and has difficulty remembering things, but I loved the way she lights up when she would see her little sister.

This last picture is my mom (left) the oldest sister, my Uncle Chuck (middle) the oldest brother and my Aunt Sylvia (right) the baby sister. This was taken in July of 2007 when my sister and I took my mom up to meet up with my Aunt at my Uncle's home. They enjoyed there visit, and so did we.
Please put my Aunt's family in your prayers, for comfort and peace. Thank you for letting me share just a bit about my Aunt Sylvia.


Tammy said...

I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt Sylvia.

May you moments of sadness be blessed by your fond memories of your aunt.


Laura said...

How precious. Please accept my condolences. It sounds like she was a special blessing to you and your family.

Sending hugs,


Paula (SweetPea) said...

Sweet Carol,
You know I prayed over you, your sis, mom, and aunt when you traveled. I pray now for peace for the family who remains here without her.

She definitely sounds like a very precious lady. I can also see her glowing and endearing personality flowing through her great big smile in that last picture. She looks so happy and joyful.

I love you, girlfriend!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Carol! Your Aunt sounds like a beautiful lady. My condolences to you and your family. May you know God's strength and comfort at this time. Thinking of you... Naomi x

Leebird said...

Hi Carol,

I'm so, so sorry about the loss of your Aunt Sylvia. I have an aunt that is more like a mom to me--my Aunt Venia. Know that my prayers are with all of you. Love, Lee

Mariel said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
praying for your family~ Mariel

Tammy said...

Have a Merry Christmas,my friend!

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a blessed Christmas! And a wonderful New Year. Much love, Naomi x

Laura said...

Just checking in, sweetie! Hope all is well and your holiday was sweet. Sending hugs your way!


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Lily said...

I'm sorry for your loss. Love that you have such wonderful memories

Connie said...

Hi Carol, Just stopping by to say "hi" and I'm so sorry about you Aunt Sylvia. You have some great memories. I am praying for you. Connie