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Mildred Lamberth Sykes

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Mildred Lamberth Sykes Obituary
POQUOSON - Mildred Lamberth Sykes (Cookie), 101, formerly of Alexandria, VA, died peacefully on April 26, 2016 at Dominion Village of Poquoson. She is survived by her niece, Sharon "Lindy" Berg and her husband Richard, great nephews Michael (Amanda), and Matthew (Leigh Ann) and precious greats Timothy and Grace. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Sykes, Jr., daughter, Gaile A. Sykes, and five sisters; Wilma Suddreth, Georgia Palmer, Kathleen Moore, Lucille Kerns, Virginia Lewis, and her cousin and best friend, LaVerne Jenkins. Mildred was born March 19, 1915 to Everette Jerome Lamberth and Mary Josephine Palmer Lamberth in Mulberry Township of Caldwell County near Lenoir, NC. She was a determined survivor of the 1918 polio epidemic. She graduated from Cecil's Business College in Asheville and moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Nicknamed Cookie by her husband Charles, Mildred was an independent woman widowed early in life. She remained dedicated to her only child, Gaile, who excelled as a Speech Pathologist. Gaile moved to Honolulu to initiate an education program for deaf children in public education in honor of deaf cousin LaVerne. Upon completion of 34 years of faithful service, Mildred retired from her position in Agricultural Research Administration where she served as a contract specialist with Entomology and Plant Quarantine. She received numerous awards throughout her career. She was a founding member of the First Baptist Church of Alexandria Deaf Ministry and spent many hours volunteering within the deaf community in Alexandria. Following retirement she spent her time caring for family, gardening and reading. She moved to Colonial Harbor in Yorktown to be near her niece in 2010. In her last years, she enjoyed the company of her devoted caregivers Beth Evans, Pat Bradshaw, Lana Bennett and Gloria Trice. The family would like to thank the staff of Dominion Village of Poquoson for the loving care and concern they have shown to our family. A visitation service will be held Saturday, April 30 from 4-6pm at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton, Va. A private burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to First Baptist Church Alexandria Deaf Ministry, 2932 King St., Alexandria, VA 22302.
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 29, 2016
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