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Sylvia Dyer, 85, Kokomo, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Kokomo Healthcare Center. She was born Aug. 26, 1932, in Camden, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Irvin Keller Lyons and Lela Pearl (Smith) Lyons. On Oct. 1, 1955, she married Albert Dyer, who preceded her in death July 11, 1991.
Sylvia was a graduate of Camden High School and had attended Phillips University in Oklahoma. She was a member of NAMI, and Southside Christian Church, where she served as elder, and past president of the women's group, CWF. She would correspond with the missionaries with handwritten letters of prayers and encouragement. Sylvia was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, Samaritan Caregivers, Community Howard Regional Health, and was a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were younger. Sylvia loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and her friends. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, game shows on TV, playing cards, serving her church and family.
Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Donna Sue (Dale) Roberts, Oxford, Indiana, Diana Lynn (Keith) Birkey, Kokomo, Delores Jane (Walter) Cory, Kokomo, and Karla Denise (James) Buchanan, Kokomo; grandchildren, Daniel Roberts, Devin Roberts, Derrick Roberts, Brian Birkey, Elizabeth (Marcus) Masiarak, Brent (Monica) Birkey, Jordan (Lauren) Cory, Ben Cory, Lance Cory, Ian Buchanan, Samanatha Buchanan, Kayla Ferguson, Vera LaFleur, Cassie Buchanan, and Heather Buchanan; along with 17 great-grandchildren; siblings, Olivia Condon, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Gilbert Lyons, Colorado.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; grandson, Wesley Cory; and brother, Irvin Keller Lyons Jr.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Southside Christian Church, 201 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo, with Dr. Peggy Hickman officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, and one hour prior to service on Thursday at the church. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Memorial contributions may be made in Sylvia's memory to Southside Christian Church.
Published on June 12, 2018
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