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Sylvia McLain Smith Sylvia McLain Smith, of Arlington, WA passed away June 17, 2013, after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer.
Sylvia was born on December 19, 1952 in Lynchburg, Virginia to George P. and Shirley D. McLain. Growing up, she traveled through the south and midwest before attending the University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne. Shortly after, she joined Fluke Corporation, where she met Duane Smith, her future husband. They married on April 21, 1979. In 1984, they had their first daughter, Kacey. They moved to Washington in 1989, and Sylvia decided to be a stay at home mom. Amy was born in 1991 and Sylvia spent her days
raising her girls and playing an integral part in the school community through PTAs and committees. She worked as a secretary at
Eagle Creek Elementary from 1997-2004.
Sylvia will be remembered for her intelligence, hard work, quick wit and sharp sense of humor. She loved taking her girls to Disneyland and visiting her mom in Virginia. She never missed an opportunity to talk about her girls' accomplishments or how proud she was of them.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her father, George; and aunt, Sylvia Mason. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Duane; daughters, Kacey and Amy; mother, Shirley; sisters, Pat (Bob) Whorley, Barb (Denny) Argo; nephews David and Adam Argo; cousin, Danny Mason and numerous extended family and loving friends.
Private services will be held by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 23, 2013