Sybil F. Abbott, "Aunt Sybil", age 91 of Reno, Nevada, passed away November 1, 2010, at Home Away From Home Assisted Living Center.
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Sybil was born in Montana in 1918, and moved to Reno, Nevada at a young age with her parents, Sylvia and Nicholas Furchner and siblings. A resident of Reno, Nevada for 78 years, Sybil dedicated her life to teaching after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno. Sybil was passionate about education and learning, serving her community as a school teacher in the Reno area for 47 years and substitute teaching long after retirement.
Sybil was a member of various organizations throughout her lifetime including Phi Beta Gamma, the Washoe County Teachers' Association, Nevada State Education Association, National Council for Social Studies, Daughters of the Nile, International Visitors Council of Reno and the American Association of University Women. Sybil was instrumental in getting World History reinstated into the nation's high schools after not being taught for 25 years. In 1980, Sybil received the National Council Outstanding Service Award for Social Studies for contributions she made to the organization.
Sybil enjoyed music, reading and traveling to Europe, where she visited nearly every summer.
Sybil is survived by her sister Patricia Furchner Fuss, brother Ted A. Furchner, and three generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Sylvia and Nicholas Furchner, brother Don Furchner and husband Richard Abbott.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 13, 2010, 10:30 a.m., at Final Wishes Funeral Home, 437 Stoker Avenue, Reno. A sincere thank you from Sybil's family to Manor Care and Carol and her staff at Home Away from Home. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the UNR Foundation, College of Education Scholarship Fund, Mail Stop 162, Reno, Nevada 89557.
Sybil was an educated, generous, thoughtful and independent woman who will be missed by all who knew her. "Good people will be remembered as a blessing…" (Proverbs 10:7)
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Nov. 9, 2010