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Sylvia Areson-Boal Sylvia Areson-Boal passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the age of 93. Born November 27, 1920 in Crested - Butte, Colorado. She moved to Eureka, Ca. in 1952. After settling here, she became a cook at Steve's Coney Island in Henderson Center, then as a waitress at the Mexico Cafe in downtown Eureka She belonged to the Bridgeville and Loleta Dance Clubs and was also a member of the
. Sylvia loved to dance and enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends. She was a devoted wife and mother as well as a cherished friend to many. Her hobbies included trips to Reno, bingo, cards and her all time favorite slot machines. Sylvia's last couple of years limited her to staying at home, and one of the highlights she looked forward to were Friday evenings, when her family would gather at her home for a potluck dinner followed by a game of cards. After a long day, she was eager to get settled in bed to relax and find comfort in watching movies, sipping on her hi-ball and having her precious cat (Sophie) by her side. Sylvia is survived by her sister Gloria Hargrave and husband Jack, brother-in-law Rod Phillips & wife Darlene; her loving children, Wilma Paulson, Floyd Sharp, Lee Gallaway, Carol Sharp, Jimmy Sharp, Glenda Grabow and husband Dave, Ardi Areson; step children, John Boal and wife Nancy, Judy & husband Ben, Jeff Boaland wife Jean and Jerry Boat and wife Ilene; grandchildren, Rob Paulson, Terri Wagner, Phil Leazer, Troy Gallaway, Jason Williamson, Rebecca Gifford, Tanya Sharp, Heather and Sarah Grabow, numerous step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Sylvia was preceded in death by her mother Ernistine Succa; father, Joseph Rodriguez, mothers-in-law Emma Bush and Sigrid Phillips; brothers, Armando, Ernie & Jimmy Rodriguez; sister, Carmen Clyde,; former husbands, Tino Lucero, Orie Sharp, Art Areson and Jim Boal; sons-in-law, Robert Paulson, Bob Gallaway; grand-daughters, Vicki Reich, Jennifer and Amy Gifford The family would like to acknowledge and thank all the care providers Sylvia has had over the past few years for their time and special care they have provided, most recent being Marla, Marie, Bridget and grandson Troy. Viewing will be held at Sanders Funeral Home located at 1835 E St. in Eureka on Friday, Jan 24th from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Celebration of Sylvia's Life will be held at her home located at 3574 Spring Street in Eureka, CA on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to HCAR, 1707 E Street, Eureka CA 95501. Please sign the guestbook at
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2014
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"It has been a full year since I have not been able to physically hold you and hear your voice. Some days..."
- Troy Gallaway
"So blessed to have Auntie in our lives! Heartfelt condolences to the entire family during this difficult..."
"My precious Grandma,only you and I truely know how deep our love was for one another. You have always..."
"Jim,Carol,Lee,Glenda, sorry to hear of your mothers passing,my thoughts and prayers are with you all..."
- Belinda McCluskey
"I have such wonderful memories of growing up next door to Aunt Sylvia. Her home and heart were always..."
- Cathy Phillips-Lybeck
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