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March 5, 1938 ~ October 16, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Sylvia passed away on Monday October 16, 2023, following a lengthy illness, at the age of 85. She was born in Detroit, Michigan to the parents of Robert and Mary Amaryllis (Higgins) Hervey.
Sylvia attended the local schools and was a homemaker all of her life. She is survived by her children: Debbie (Chris) Smith, Denise Gusfa, Joannie (Walter) Gilliam, Moe (Lori) Creech and Jake (Whitney) Creech; one brother: Dave Hervey, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Larry in 2014 and twin brother; Fr. Paul Hervey.
As with all of us, Mom was a lot of things. A daughter, sister, wife, friend, all of the things, but at her core she was a mom. When she was a young mom, she had a lot on her plate with the five of us. Dad worked so hard and sometimes that meant more fell on her shoulders than we knew. Looking back, I understand the pressure she must’ve been feeling. She had the perfect life partner and father for her children and as a result, we had a picturesque upbringing with two loving parents. As we all flew the coop, they adjusted and had a lot of great years together enjoying retirement. Her life was not without sadness or loss, but she had faith. She leaned on that faith through everything and let God talk her through the tough times, the sadness, the loss and when times were good, she was just as faith-filled and thankful for her blessings. She was always thankful she had her children. She definitely thought the sun rose and set on us in some ways, I can’t deny, and she definitely had us pigeonholed. Whatever it was that she needed, from home repairs to help with taxes and paperwork, we each had our strengths in her eyes and no one else could possibly do it better than that particular child of hers. Towards the end the toughest job was taken on by Denise, and for that I am forever and truly grateful. When we lost Daddy, Mom missed him every day prayed that their reunion would be soon. She is now reaping God’s reward for her faith filled life and for that I am the most grateful. Give Dad a big hug from all of us still missing him and Amy Dawn a hug from her mama. We will see you on the other side, but for now, may you enjoy the company of all who went before you and bask in the glory of God’s perfect love.