Sylvia Anderson Felton departed April 16, 2020 on a cold spring morning in Coryell City, leaping into the arms of loved ones gone before. A family gathering will be held at a later date at Highsmith Cemetery in Guadalupe County, TX.
Sylvia arrived December 22, 1926 on a warm winter morning in San Antonio, TX. The youngest of Nile and Courtney Giffen Anderson. Most of her youth she lived with family and extended family in San Antonio. Growing up amidst the “Great Depression”, strengthened her resolve. She appreciated all her life’s acquired treasures. A shy and quiet girl, she graduated from Alamo Heights High School. Working in the Nix Hospital nursery, in 1945 she went on a “blind date” with a lieutenant, and marriage followed June 30th that year, lasting a lifetime. From Army Air Corps, to Airforce as a military wife, Sylvia made a home and raised her family across the United States and overseas. Navigating life in uncertain times. She became fearless. Her husband retired in 1965, and Sylvia returned to San Antonio. Always proud to be a Texan. She continued her education attending S.A.C., Incarnate Word, and U.T. obtaining an AA degree. Sylvia had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, instilled by her mother. Honesty and integrity, instilled by her father. She was an avid reader. Any craft she attempted, she mastered. She was a force, supportive if her instructions were followed, and generous if your direction was hers. Sylvia was the epitome of thrift. She was clever and appreciated laughter. She was the author of a couple of books, and many short stories, one published. In 1978, she moved to Hay Valley. For 33 years she lived her dream of having a peach orchard. Planting 300 plus fruit trees, to her delight. She was a member of the Hay Valley Baptist Church, and 20 years a volunteer for the Care Center in Gatesville.
Sylvia had an extreme fondness of cats. Her true companion, Ralph E. Felton, always by her side. In 2011, she moved to Coryell City and started feeding the cat community.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; beloved sister, Virginia Yarbrough; her favorite son, Ross Felton; her husband of 71 years, Mel Felton; and a granddaughter, “Debbie” Nina Costello.
Sylvia is survived by her daughters, “D.D.” Diana and husband, Dr. Marshall White of Roundup, MT, “Sophie” Pat Felton of Boerne, TX, Melody and husband, Ken Allaman of Montana, and Ginny and husband, Michael Taylor of Coryell City, TX; two nieces; two nephews; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Many thanks to Kindred Hospice Staff for their compassion and concern. Valued friendships she made the last year. In lieu of flowers donations to your local animal shelter or animal charity is welcomed.