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Sylvia Young Riddle

Tyler, Texas

Nov 11, 1946 – Mar 20, 2020 (Age 73)


November 11, 1946
March 20, 2020
Tyler, Texas
American Cancer Society


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Burks-Walker-Tippit Funeral Directors - Tyler Obituary

Sylvia Young Riddle, age 73 of Tyler passed away in the early hours of Friday, March 20, 2020.  Sylvia was born on Veteran’s Day, 1946, in Houston, Texas, the daughter of the late Lewis Young, Jr. and Billie Young Hutcherson.  As a native Houstonian, Sylvia grew up in the area and graduated from Aldine High School in Aldine, Texas in 1965 where she was captain of the Vaqueras drill team and voted best-dressed senior.  Sylvia raised her three daughters in Sugar Land, Texas where she worked for Imperial Sugar Company for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sugar Land where she was a Girls in Action and Acteens leader and shared the love of Jesus with many young girls. 

  She moved to Tyler, Texas with her husband Wayne and daughters Christin and Cindy in 1989.  Sylvia worked as an administrative assistant for the Texas Health and Human Services Department of Aging and Disability and retired in 2008. She was an active member of First Christian Church and a member of the Koinonia and ladies Bible study classes.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for over 30 years.  She served with her sorority sisters, who she loved like family, providing scholarships and outreach to the community.  Sylvia and her husband were long time supporters of the Cowan Center for the Arts. Sylvia enjoyed extensive travel with her husband, socializing with friends and spending time with loved ones.

She was known for her impeccable taste in decorating and fashion and she could tie the most beautiful and perfect bows.  She was a collector of antiques, and enjoyed entertaining, cooking, reading, collecting books and magazines, gardening, and floral arranging.  She was generous and giving of her time with her family, friends, church, and charities.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, great aunt, and friend.  She loved all people and never met a stranger.  Sylvia was always eager to share the love and grace that her faith in a loving God provided her.  She will be dearly missed by all those who love her. 

  She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her aunt Margaret Spears Moran, and brother Donald Young.

  She is survived by her loving husband Donald Wayne Riddle; daughters Carrie and husband David King of Tyler, Cynthia and husband Chris Smith of Tyler, Christin and husband Chris Roberts of Conroe; stepdaughter Hope and husband Gregory Gassett; grandchildren Jason Wyscarver, Josh Wyscarver-Smith and wife Autumn, Andrew King, Matthew King, Hunter Roberts, Nathaniel King, Jordan Smith, Amy Roberts, Mathilda Roberts, Elijah Gassett; great-granddaughter Lily Wyscarver; brothers Lewis and wife Thea Young of Kingwood, Texas, and Billy Young of Sealy, Texas; sister-in-law Susie Young of Sealy, Texas; brother-in-law Dan and wife Romaine Riddle of Emerald Isle, North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and nephews. 

  Viewing will be from 1:00 - 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Jackson’s Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home.   A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date to include friends and extended family.  In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the Cowan Center for the Arts or the American Cancer Society through their websites.

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I worked with Sylvia at Imperial Sugar for many years. She was beautiful inside and out, always had a smile on her face and would do anything for anybody. To know her was to love her. I know she will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Sylvia.

She was the BEST and I have missed being with her the last several years. She was a great prayer partner and GREATfriend.

what a loss of gracious and talented woman as Sylvia Riddle. My sympathy to Wayne and their daughters as they experience life without such a wife and mother as Sylvia. Knowing Sylvia through Symphony activities and aware of her many virtues --much of our community and other spots in our world will be less bright because of her death. Betty Bower

My heart is so sad for Sylvia's sweet family. She was my friend and I loved her very much. I send my love to Cindy and all her family. To the other family and to Wayne. We will all miss her so much. May God bless you in this time of sadness.

Sylvia and I worked together in Tyler during the years before her retirement. She was a dear friend and such a sweet loving lady. I will miss her sweet smile.

In loving memory of a talented and sweet Sorority Sister.

Sylvia was a very sweet, hard working, beautiful inside and out person. I knew her from working at Texas Department of Human Services. She was always positive with a smile and would go beyond what was required of a person's request. So sorry to hear of your loss and especially during this time.