Sydney Tibbetts

October 26, 1949November 13, 2013
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Sydney Lynn Tibbetts

Sydney Tibbetts passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at home after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was born Sydney Lynn Carlson on October 26, 1949 in Santa Monica, California and was raised in the Montclair/Upland area. Sydney graduated from Upland High School in Upland California. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Regis University, Denver, Colorado; and her Master’s degree and Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Sydney has worked in sales, service and management. She has owned her own business and worked for over 20 years as a teacher in the Victor Valley High School District and the Hesperia Unified School District.

Sydney had a passion for travelling, whether it was one of the frequent RV trips with her husband here in the US or cruising through Europe, she loved seeing new places and meeting new people. She loved to read and loved doing crafts including sewing, knitting, quilting and scrapbooking. Sydney had a passion for animals, and became a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of the Desert, an organization who provides and trains service animals for those in need.

Sydney had a strong spirit and a never quit attitude, believing she could accomplish anything she wanted to do. She inspired her friends and family with her strength and compassion for others. There never was a child or animal in need that she didn’t find a way to help, often bringing both into her home to nurture and love.

Sydney is survived by Kert, her husband of 43+ years; son Matthew Tibbetts; daughter Stacey Sabin; 5 grandchildren, Makayla, Jamie, Lauren and Aidan Tibbetts and Willie Sabin; her mother, Lynn Blees and her brother, Darryl Carlson. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, 30 grand nieces and nephews and a host of friends whose lives have been enriched by the opportunity to know her.

Because of her love of animals and helping people, and her passion for the Guide Dogs of the Desert program, Sydney’s wish was that her friends and loved ones would donate to sponsor a dog in her name, and to be given her name to provide a legacy of giving and service that would last for years to come. Please make donations to . Be sure to scroll down to the link for Sydney’s puppy.

Memorial service Friday, November 22, 2013, at 11:00am, at Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Avenue, Beaumont, California.

Arrangements were entrusted to Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, California.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 22, 2013

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Barbara Clements

December 8, 2013

I was saddened to hear of Syd's passing. I knew Syd (through the VVUHSD) as a hard-working, dedicated teacher and, later, as a courageous fighter. She touched so many people's lives; she will live on in our memories.
My deepest condolences to Syd's family.

KiKi Hanson

November 27, 2013

Syd, your smile and laughter drew people to you like a magnet. Your sincere interest in others was felt. Even your words of wisdom, if offered, would most likely be readily accepted because they emanated from you. You had a way of easing any situation which would result in outbursts of laughter among those privy to being close to you. I can still clearly recall the sound of your voice. Funny how that is. I believe it is a gift. Thank you for the pleasure and honor of calling you colleague and friend. Blessings and condolences to Kert and the rest of your family.

Audrey Petrillo

November 23, 2013

Sydney, I remember you in high school at Upland High. We had such fun together; so much laughter. May God be with you and your family during this time of sorrow. Audrey (Warner) Petrillo

Marsha Omelina

November 20, 2013

Dear Syd,
You were one of the best mentors I was blessed to work with and a wonderful friend. You were truly a strong woman and a role model to all.
You will be missed.
Marsha Omelina

November 20, 2013

Dear family of Sydney Tibbetts, My son attended Victor Valley High School and Sydney was instrumental in him graduating in 1994. We spoke several times a week discussing his progress and between the two of us kept him on track for graduation. She was a wonderful teacher and I have never forgotten her help for him. He is a very successful creator of computer software and lives in London, UK. And I just discovered that he and Sydney shared the same birthday. Thank you for allowing me to share my memories of this wonderful teacher, Desma Sharp

Kay Hagle-Romo

November 20, 2013

Sweet memories of a lovely lady.

Dawan Robinson

November 20, 2013

Mrs. Tibbetts! You were a great FBLA adviser! Thank you so much for what you did!

Diane Rodriguez

November 20, 2013

Sydney, we were blessed that you completed your career with us at Oak Hills HS. FBLA retired with you...thank you for barking with us Bulldogs...and making a difference in our students lives.

Phyllis Blees

November 20, 2013

Dear Syd: sending you much love dear step-sister. Phyllis

Leslie Rockwell

November 19, 2013

Sydney, you touched many lives at Hesperia High School and we were blessed to have you here with us for awhile! Thank you for ALL you did with your awesome classes and clubs and your Scorpion Enthusiasm. I bet many of your Student Future Business Leaders are right now enjoying a good life because of your help, information, and positive attitude! Blessings Wonderful Lady!