On Thursday, September 15, Sylvia passed away peacefully after a short illness. She was surrounded by all of her children Rae (Barb), Denise and Renee. Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Harvey.
She was born in Livingston and graduated from Clyde Park High School. Shortly after graduation she met and married Harvey, the love of her life. They moved to Helena and started their family. After moving to Clancy, Sylvia worked at Hillbrook Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide, which inspired her to continue her education becoming an LPN. She worked at Hillbrook until 1987 then Fort Harrison VA Hospital where she retired in 2012 after 25 years.
Both Sylvia and Harvey emphasized the power of education and set high expectations and a strong work ethic for their children. Sylvia believed in dependability and serving others.
Sylvia was an avid and passionate bowler. She bowled at least three times a week and traveled across the country to compete in several national tournaments. Her bowling friends became a part of her extended family. In the early years Sylvia and Harvey loaded the family up, including Smokey the dog, for camping and “gold mining” trips. After Harvey’s retirement they spent time on their pontoon boat creating fond memories and telling wild fishing tales. Sylvia named herself the Captain and not to be outdone, Harvey deemed himself Admiral.
Sylvia was not just a Mom to her three children but also to her brothers and sisters, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews who all called her Sis. In the family she was known for her great cooking and hosting holiday and summer gatherings. Family potluck events always included her baked beans and homemade rolls.
Sylvia is survived and will be missed by her three children, Rae Bailey (Barb), Denise Jonke (Fred), Renee Bailey, her step-children Penny Jacobson (Andy), and Debbie Hust (Albert), and her two grandchildren Claire and Evie Bailey. She is also survived by her sisters Patty Frederick (Mike), Barb Jenkins (Ivan), and her brother Mike Henwood as well as cousins and many nieces and nephews.