Beverly M. Sykes
Cherished Wife, Loving Mother, Adoring Nana
LOWELL, MA -- Beverly M. (Laurin) Sykes led a long life filled with sweetness, kindness, and a passion for many things in life. Her caring nature was quietly carried out in the love she had for her family and friends, her Faith and her Church, and her community.
Her greatest joy was her family - her husband Henry whom she adored, her daughters Heather, Holly and Laurel and her son Darren, whom she raised to be examples of everything she believed in.
Nana's grandchildren were her center and her true love. From the moment they were born, she took care of them, loving each one of them individually, with the love that only a Nana can give.
Beverly Marsha (Laurin) Sykes story began on March 12, 1927 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was the only daughter of Harold and Blanche (Strowburg) Laurin. She grew up in the Oaklands neighborhood and attended the Oakland School, the Moody School, where she was a spelling bee champion, and Lowell High School. Beverly also attended Mass College of Art. She enjoyed summers in Sunapee when she was a young girl. Beverly was proud of her Swedish heritage.
Beverly was a lifelong member of the former Fellowship United Methodist Church. More recently she attended the Centralville United Methodist Church. Church was an important aspect of Beverly's life. Throughout her 80 years at Fellowship, Beverly served as Sunday School Superintendant and also organized and attended the Ladies Meetings and countless Church Fairs. Beverly truly loved her Church.
Beverly married the love of her life, Henry G. Sykes on October 8, 1949. Together they celebrated 63 years of marriage, and raised a large family whom she was extremely proud of. Beverly and Henry had a deep love and respect for one another. Their marriage was a special one and served as a loving example for their children.
In earlier years, Beverly worked at the Girls Club as an assistant. Her most treasured job was that of housewife and mother. Beverly's home was where everybody gathered and where all of the holidays were celebrated. It was also where all of her delicious baked goods were made.
Beverly loved nature and animals. Her back yard was a treasure for her. She loved pine needles and pinecones. Beverly loved spending time with family and friends at their camp at Rock Pond. Many memories were made at camp and the Sykes Family hosted many Hymn-sings there. Beverly was also fond of leisurely rides in the car.
Back at home, Mrs. Sykes took great pleasure in the family business, Sykes the Florist and Greenhouses where she served as Treasurer. She loved being at the flower shop with her family, friends, and neighbors alike.
Most of all, Beverly loved and spoiled every member of her family.
Beverly peacefully went home to God on Sunday evening, November 18, 2012, from her home where she was surrounded by the love of her family.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Henry G. Sykes; her children, Heather Busa and her husband Wayne of Tewksbury, Holly Sykes, Darren Sykes and his wife Susan, and Laurel Millett and her husband Emmet, all of Lowell; her grandchildren, Heath and his wife Julie, Joshua and his wife Abigail, Drew, Bethany and her husband Brian, Brittany, Ashley, Evan, Emily, Hillary, Jesse, Molly; her great-grandchildren, Bryce, Shane, Thomas, Brinkley, and Josephine; her only brother, Lloyd Laurin and his wife Muriel of Davenport FL; and many nieces and nephews including her three dear nieces, Joy, Jan, and Jill.
SYKES -- In Lowell, November 18, 2012 at her home, Beverly M. Sykes, 85, beloved wife of Henry G. Sykes, and a lifelong resident of Lowell.
Family and friends may call at the FAY McCABE FUNERAL HOME, 105 MOORE STREET, LOWELL, on FRIDAY from 3 until 8 P.M. Beverly's Funeral Service will be held on SATURDAY MORNING, November 24, 2012 at 11 A.M. in the Funeral Home.
Her burial service will follow in the Lowell Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, donations in Beverly's memory may be made to the Centralville United Methodist Church, 800 Bridge Street, Lowell, MA 01850 or to the Lawrence Street Primitive Methodist Church, 1189 Lawrence Street, Lowell, MA 01852.
ARRANGEMENTS BY THE FAY McCABE FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 978-459-9222. www.faymccabe.com
Fay McCabe Funeral Home
105 Moore St
Lowell, MA 01852
Published in Lowell Sun from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2012