Sylvia Smith McCrea
1942 - 2018
Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Funeral Home, Crematory and Reception Center
650 Bugeia Ln.
Novato, CA
Sylvia Mae Smith McCrea

Sept. 14, 1942 - Nov. 23, 2018

Born in Dallas, Texas, Sylvia moved to San Francisco with her parents as an infant. She was educated in the Catholic Parochial School System in San Francisco, attending Saint Anne's of the Sunset, Star of the Sea and Saint Emidius Grammar Schools, and graduating from Mercy High School in 1960. She attended San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University. Sylvia had many friends to share the Ingleside Terrace neighborhood, and there are many stories about how Sylvia and her friends met up to walk one way to their grammar schools and then the other way to attend high school and college. She met her husband Donald McCrea in 1965 and they married in 1967, living in various locations, finally settling in Larkspur for the last 48 years. Sylvia was a homemaker; she also worked as a teaching assistant at St. Patrick School and volunteered regularly in her community.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, Don; daughters Madeleine of Tiburon, Deborah of San Rafael (Manuel Castro) and Michelle of Cotati (Lorenzo Dughi). An infant son Michael died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Also surviving are granddaughters Jasmine Castro of Barcelona, Spain and Valentina Castro of San Rafael. Sylvia also leaves her beloved brother Robert (Valerie) Smith of San Anselmo, and beloved sister Ruth Anne (Alan) Mildwurm of San Ramon. Sylvia also leaves many close friends with whom she shared countless luncheons and coffee breaks.
Friends are invited to attend a Rosary on Thursday Nov. 29, 2018 at 7:00pm at Valley Memorial Park Funeral Home, 650 Bugeia Ln. Novato, CA. 415-897-9609. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday Nov. 30, 2018 at 10:00am at St. Patricks Catholic Church, King and Magnolia Street, Larkspur, Ca. Interment will be Saturday December 1, 2018 at 12:00 at Valley Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home .
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Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2018.
Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, Funeral Home, Crematory and Reception Center
650 Bugeia Ln., Novato, CA
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St. Patricks Catholic Church
King and Magnolia Street, Larkspur, CA
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I'm so sorry to hear this news. I am thinking of you all.
Caroline Beer
November 30, 2018
We're so sorry for your family's loss. You are in our prayers. Rest In Peace, dear Sylvia.
Danelle Van Alstyne
November 29, 2018
Such a beautiful, kind and generous woman and soul! Love and blessings to all family and friends who are missing her. Precious thoughts during this time! Love, Beth and Leah Maxwell Styles
Beth and Leah Maxwell-Styles
November 29, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Sylvia was a beautiful woman who clearly loved her family deeply. My prayers are with you .
Margie Cone
November 29, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sylvia and her family. It was wonderful to see her at our last family party. She will be missed by all of us. John, Anna, John M. and Marco Bertone (Milan, Italy)
November 28, 2018
We will miss you, Mom. You had boundless compassion and a wonderful, bright smile that lit up a room.

Madeleine McCrea
Madeleine McCrea
November 27, 2018
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