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Sylvia Kay Crosby

Dearborn, Michigan

Apr 19, 1950 – Oct 21, 2020 (Age 70)


April 19, 1950
October 21, 2020
Dearborn, Michigan


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Howe-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services - Dearborn Obituary

Sylvia Kay Crosby, 70, of Dearborn passed away peacefully on October 21, 2020, due to complications related to progressive supranuclear palsy.

She was born to the late Lemuel and Vivian Warner, April 19, 1950, in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Sylvia graduated from State College Area High School in 1968. She was preceded in death by sisters Thelma Warner and Rebecca Sorrels. She is survived by siblings Ellis Warner, Helen Houtz, Arlene Mahen, and Lemuel (Marty Jo) Warner.

Family consumed Sylvia’s time and energy throughout her life. She was married to her husband, Ken, for 52 years and was a full-time mom to children Elisa (Paul) LaRue of Farmington Hills and Brian (Angela) Crosby of State College, Pennsylvania. One of the great thrills of Sylvia’s life was being “Inny” to Zackary (13), Finn (9), and Nash (6). She loved Christmas celebrations when all her family could be together “under one roof.”

In addition to Sylvia’s commitment to her family, she loved and nurtured many children and teens through her involvement in the ministries at the Dearborn Free Methodist Church and Somerset Beach Campground (SBC). Camping at SBC with family and friends was something the Crosby family enjoyed together for many years. Sylvia recently mentioned that she missed being able to spend time at camp during her illness. She loved cooking, baking, collecting recipes, and showing love to others through the food she made. Finally, in her later years, Sylvia developed a love for the Hallmark movies that entertained her through the end of her life.  

Sylvia’s immediate family held a private burial service on October 24, 2020. A service to celebrate her life will be held on May 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Somerset Beach Campground in Somerset Center, Michigan. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the Sylvia Crosby Memorial Fund through Somerset Beach Campground ( or P.O. Box 307, Somerset Center, MI, 49282).




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Sylvia was a second Mom to me. She was the youth group Mom at Dearborn Free Methodist Church. She offered advice, a caring heart, and us teens a safe place to visit. She watched me grow up, get married, and have two sons. She gave great suggestions as to raising my boys. We spent several nights around the campfire at the Crosby’s trailer. Thank you Sylvia for sharing your life and love of God and your family with us! Blessings and love to her family.

Sylvia was a beautiful, loving woman who made the world a better place. We are so sorry for your loss.

Although I have not seen aunt Sylvia for sometime, I will always remember the fun times I had going to aunt Sylvie and uncle Ken’s house every year as a little girl with my sister and my Gram (Arleen).