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Sylvia M. Shelor, 85, was called home to be with our Lord early Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017.

She left us peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, at her home of 28 years in Tick Neck, Foster.

Sylvia was preceded in departure by two of her sons, Randy and Alan, and four of her siblings.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Baxter D. Shelor; her remaining five children, Ann (Tony), Bobby Van (Terri), Dottie, Rebecca (Mickey) and Sue (Lanny); her 11 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was born on March 6, 1932 in the mountain town of Welch, West Virginia, to Mr. and Mrs. Hubert P. and Anna G. Waller who lovingly raised her alongside her three brothers and three sisters. 

After moving to northern Virginia as a young woman, Sylvia met, married and began a family with her husband Baxter. The couple celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this past Nov. 11, 2017.

Over the course of their 53 years together, they raised a family of six children consisting of four daughters and two sons. After her retirement from Grand Union/Safeway in her sixties, Sylvia and Baxter chose to relocate to their home on the East River in Mathews. Here, she spent her golden years enjoying time with her family and dear neighbors, the Ashberrys, including Ms. Kay Ashberry, whom Sylvia loved dearly and considered a member of her family.

Sylvia was known by all to possess the most generous and kindest of spirits, an unrelenting work ethic, and an unparalleled love for life and her family. She truly had a heart of gold, and always had a knack for finding the good in every person, and every situation. No matter how her cards were dealt, she always came out a winner.

Her memory will carry on, always, in every one of us whose lives she touched for the better, whose spirits she raised higher, and hearts she made warmer.

Memorial service will be held on Dec. 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, Va.