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Sylvia Louise Sherwood


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Sylvia Louise Sherwood Obituary
July 21, 1925 - June 7, 2015 Sylvia Louise Sherwood, a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, was a symbol of what is great in America. She was born on July 21, 1925 in San Francisco, CA. Her family members were pioneers that arrived to the United States on the Mayflower. Her family owned the Briggs Carriage Company in Amesbury, Massachusetts before the motor cars became a reality. Her mother and grandparents moved to the west coast in the early 1920's. Sylvia spent her early years in Seattle, Washington where her father, O.E. Nyberg, was with the Alaska Steamship Company. After his death in 1933, Sylvia moved to Southern California with her mother, Louise Briggs Nyberg in 1939. She graduated from Glendale High School and attended Occidental College for two years. Sylvia graduated from Stanford University in 1947 and spent the next few years working as a Securities Analyst in Los Angeles, CA. Sylvia married Roderick Sherwood, also from Stanford University, whose career as the head of production operations for the Ford Motor Co. took them to many areas of the United States. They retired to Lake San Marcos, CA in 1986. During her almost 90 years of life, she witnessed the evolution of America. At the forefront of women's rights, she believed in family, education and kindness toward others. She was regal, elegant and graceful to her dying day. Blonde with blue eyes, she had a beautiful, joyful smile that endeared her to all. Sylvia was a very spiritual person, and bestowed love and warmth upon all those that knew her. She dedicated herself to her community, with the commitment and passion to make a difference. Sylvia spent many years serving as an Art History volunteer docent. She was an active supporter of Interfaith Community Services, The United Church of Lake San Marcos, The San Diego Center for Children, The Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos, The San Diego Foundation, and The Junior League. She attended most of the productions of the San Diego Opera. She will be missed by all, especially her family and close friends. Sylvia was predeceased by her daughter, Suzanne Sherwood, and her husband, Roderick Sherwood. She leaves her son, Roderick M. Sherwood III, and three Grandsons, Roderick M. Sherwood IV, Hunter C. W. Sherwood, and Harry W. Sherwood, and one Great Grandson, Max Mackenzie Sherwood. A Memorial Service will be held at Forest Lawn, Long Beach, CA. Memorials may be sent to: Interfaith Community Services 550 W. Washington Ave., Suite B Escondido, CA 92025
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 9 to June 10, 2015
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