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Sylvia Lynn Sherman Hays

02/17/1962 - 03/16/2024

Sylvia Lynn Sherman Hays, 62, of Mesa, AZ passed away on March 16, 2024 surrounded by her family. Her body could no longer keep up the fight against Ovarian Cancer, but her spirit was still strong.

Sylvia was born in Bisbee, AZ on February 17, 1962 to Sadie and Walter Sherman. As a child, her hair was so blonde, her father called her Sylver. The nickname stuck, even though her hair darkened, and was used throughout her life by many other family members and friends.

Sylvia was a kind and caring person. She was able to strike up a conversation with anyone that she met and make personal connections. She listened and remembered details about others’ lives. Sylvia touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

The last few years of Sylvia’s life, she worked for Southwest Airlines. She enjoyed the perk of traveling for free to often visit her grandsons in Texas and Georgia. Sylvia expressed desires to travel, especially foreign, and had been planning a girls trip to Fiji with her daughters. And, though she will not be physically with them, the girls trip will still take place.

Family was extremely important to Sylvia, and she often tried to maintain ties with as many family members as she could. She loved and was proud of each of her three daughters. Sylvia will continue to watch over her family as a guardian angel as we wait until we can see her again.

She is survived by her three daughters Rachelle Truhler, Katie Walker, and Lora Schillemat, and their families which includes her six grandsons.

Sylvia is preceded in death by both of her parents, James Walter Sherman (father) and Sadie Loraine Bailey Sherman (mother), her brother, James Rodrick Sherman, and a most beloved sister, Sheila Gay Sherman Waldon.

Sylvia’s remains will be buried in the Elfrida Cemetery with her beloved family members who have already passed. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The family of Sylvia would like to express thanks to the many nurses and doctors that took the time to help her find answers. And, thanks to Hospice of the Valley for ensuring that Sylvia’s last days with us on Earth were painless and comfortable.


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