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HYLTON CECILIA MAY HYLTON Cecilia May Hylton passed away February 8, 2021 at her home in Gainesville, with family close by. She was the oldest child of Cecil D. Hylton and Irene Virginia (Winegord) Hylton. She attended Fairfax High School, and later went on to work in the family business. She was a gifted leader and like her father, a developer, and a woman not easily intimidated. She worked in various construction-related roles and was a construction superintendent in the 1970's in a time when a female in this role was unheard of. She made her mark in 1980, after being called upon by her father to finish a large construction project with a seemingly impossible deadline. She completed the project on time and under budget. Her love of horses developed at a young age when her father bought her first horse, Midnight, at their family farm in Centreville. She never lost her passion for horses and made an indelible mark on the Quarter Horse industry. She finished in the top five American Quarter Horse Association World Show, 2010, and bred many outstanding horses with several other distinctions. She was also inducted into the Virginia Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame. Cecilia made a great impact as a benefactor to the Virginia Quarter Horse Youth Association. She was once quoted as saying, "I know there's money in horses, because I put it there!" Cecilia made history in 1999 when she harvested an egg from her beloved mare, Widow Rider, after its passing and then had the egg fertilized with a deceased sire to become a viable foal. This was a first in history. A pioneer in equine reproductive research, she assisted in philanthropic efforts in the field through CSU, UK's GLUCK Research Equine Center and other organizations. As well as working to continue the legacy of her parents by managing the family commercial and residential real estate leasing, she participated in the oversight of Hylton Memorial Chapel and served on the boards of the Hylton Foundation and Hylton Enterprises. She is survived by five children, Preston Wines, Jr., Irene Grice, Kelly Markley, George Markley, and Jamie Hylton. Also surviving is her brother, Conrad Hylton, of Woodbridge. She was predeceased by her brother, Cecil D. "Sonny" Hylton, Jr. Grandchildren, Cecilia Irene Grice, Joseph Grice, II, George Markley, Jr., Gabrielle Hemperley, Caleb Wines, Jared Wines, Josiah Wines, and Judah Wines. Great-Grandchildren, Kinsley Wines, Rylee Hemperley, and Maverick Hemperley. Her last months were enhanced by the love and compassion of angelic caregivers who tended to her every need. Julye Amaya, Erin Van Gin Hoven, Yolanda Moore, Kristen Etter, Kathy Carder, Gracie Brown, Jasmine Fulton, Taka Stevenson, and Shekia Downing. Special thanks also go out to Capital Caring Hospice. Visitation will be at Mullins-Thompson Funeral Service, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford on Monday, February 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with COVID precautions in effect. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/Mullins-Thompson-Funeral-Service-735197346838735/ to view a live stream of the visitation. Funeral Services will take place 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 16 at Christ Chapel in Woodbridge, VA. Due to COVID 19 restrictions and limited seating, please visit https://www.christchapellife.org/ to view a live stream of the service. Burial will be at Little Georgetown Cemetery 5370 Trapp Branch Road in Broad Run, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice or the AQHA or NSBA Crisis Funds.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice or the AQHA or NSBA Crisis Funds.

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Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 11, 2021.
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February 16, 2021
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Cecilia’s family. We were privileged to meet Cecilia through her daughter Irene (Renee) Grice when we lived in Woodbridge. What an accomplished and blessed lady. Our prayer are with you. Rudy & Irma Gaona
Rudy Gaona
February 16, 2021
Our hearts are deeply saddened by your loss. We give our condolences to the entire family. We are praying for comfort for everyone during this difficult time.
Millie & Bob McHugh
February 14, 2021
My heart and prayers go to Cecilia's family. George and Jamie I personally know as well as Cecilia. I was fortunate to live in one of her homes helping with the horses. She helped me when I was at a low point in my life, always welcoming and inspiring to everyone who came in contact with her. She always embraced her family and friends and the horse world. AQHA in particular. I was fortunate that I have a Hylton quarter horse sweatshirt which I will always love. It may not be known but she really reached out when I needed the words she gave. I THANK YOU AND MAY YOU REST WELL. GOD BLESS YOU.
Nadya Martinowsky
February 14, 2021
So sorry to hear. I wish I could find the picture I have of me and her working at Bayview apartments. Let me know if you need anything Preston or Rene.
Michael Simmons
February 11, 2021
Cecilia was an accomplished, successful businesswoman in several fields of endeavor including construction, executive management of residential apartments, shopping centers and her beloved Quarter Horse business. She was a true friend who could always be counted on to manage any undertaking, while motivating and bringing out the best in people. Her intelligence, coupled with her caring, talented, tough but fair, “can do” spirit in all ventures was an inspiration to all. She will be missed, personally and professionally, but her legacy will live on for time immemorial.
Jack Connor
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