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James and Sylvia Alfred

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James and Sylvia Alfred Obituary
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 to celebrate the lives of James Kenneth Alfred, Jr. and Sylvia Sweet Alfred, who died just three days apart at home in Riverside, CA. They had lived in Riverside for 55 years in the same house, forming deep relationships in the neighborhood. They met in college at the University of Texas and were married for 57 years.
Born in Cushing, OK on Dec. 20, 1936 to J.K. and Dorothy Alfred, Jim worked as a civil engineer for the Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines for 37 years before his retirement. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1962. He was a pack leader for Cub Scouts when his children were involved. His steadfast love for his family was always clear.
Sylvia was a native of Bryan, TX. She was born on Feb. 10, 1938 to the Rev. R.B. Sweet and Thelma Sweet. Sylvia earned her bachelor's degree in English from UC Riverside in 1984. She served her community by volunteering with the Cub Scouts, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and Heritage House. She worked joyfully in her garden and was an avid reader of biography, history and literature. She was drawn to genealogy and family lore. She was a loving mother and a quiet and wise friend.
They were active members from 1963 to 1984 at First United Methodist Church of Riverside and later with Madison Street Church of Riverside, where they had many friends. She was active in Bible Study Fellowship of Riverside.
They are survived by their children, John and his wife Lisa; Mike; and Anne and her husband Michael; grandchildren, Claire and Cal Cantrell; and Janna. They are also survived by Jim's brother Robert and his wife Fiona, and their children Charlotte and Christopher.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in their names to Habitat for Humanity, Riverside or the Civil Rights Institute of the Inland Empire.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 12, 2017
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