April 11, 1933 – January 20, 2020
Sylvia Webster passed away January 20, 2020, surrounded by family, and in the care of hospice, at Grace Pointe in Greeley, CO.
Long before she ever knew the love of her life, she was a three year-old girl when she met her future father-in-law. After a serious fall, the Elmer West family called Dr. William W. Webster, a physician fresh from the Mayo Clinic, to see Sylvia. She had suffered an injury inside her mouth, requiring surgery. One day that little girl, Sylvia Darlene West, would marry Dr. Webster’s son, Bill Webster. The operation was a success and spared her permanent deformity. Her radiant smile was one of her greatest assets and was a feature she kept until her last days. As we picture Sylvia in our mind, her smile is remembered as easily as we remember her at this very moment.
Sylvia was born in 1933 at Mrs. Shaffer’s Nursing Home in Greeley, Colorado, the fourth child of Elmer and Eunice West. She was named after the song, “Sylvia”, which her nurse heard playing on the radio that morning. She had a brother, DeWayne, four years older, and a sister, Joanne, three years older. Sylvia was expected to be a boy - probably due to the heart-breaking loss of Gordon, an older brother who died at 9 months old. Eight years later, little sister, Sandra, arrived as a surprise.
Sylvia came from a long line of teachers on both sides of her family who instilled an intense desire for learning and a love of knowledge all her life. She graduated from Eaton High School as Salutatorian and was chosen “Outstanding Girl” by faculty. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Sciences from CSU. She also received her BA degree with a minor in Business and a major in History from UNC.
She met the love of her life at the Greeley Rodeo with romance ensuing while they were in high school. Married on August 9th, 1953, Bill, who had joined the Army, was soon ordered to Fort Richardson, in the Alaskan Territory (before it was a state), where the experience of relying on each other created many wonderful memories together before having children.
They were married for five years when they had their first son, Wade West Webster. Daniel Calvin was born 22 months later, followed by Perry Lynn another 22 months later. For 37 years, Bill ran the family’s farming and commercial cattle feeding operation while Sylvia handled the bookkeeping. Webster Feedlots was a success and eventually became the largest family-owned feedlot operation in Colorado. Together they built their dream home in the Cottonwood Lake area where they lived and entertained for the next 52 years. Bill and Sylvia shared 67 years of marriage.
The most endearing legacy Sylvia gave her family was the example of love and marriage. As she said, “Problems will come about. Just make sure they are solved before bedtime”. Better than her advice was their example of loving as they lived, an inspiration to any relationship.
Sylvia is survived by her husband, William Holcomb Webster, and their three children, Wade, Dan and Perry. Wade and his wife, Ann, have four children, Anelese (and her fiancée, Jake Szymanski), Jackie Webster, and Rachel and Andrew Wiesmann. Dan and his wife, Dawn, have two children, Bobbi (and her husband, Nick Schilling), and Calvin Webster. Perry has two step-children, Kaitlin (and her husband, Matt Schwartz), and Cody Buck (and his wife, Lindsey). Sylvia is also survived by six great-grandchildren.
Greeley was a wonderful community for Sylvia and Bill to raise their family in. For all the supper clubs, theme parties, Swedish pancake breakfasts, they truly have had amazing friends and their family is indeed thankful to call this community “home”. Sylvia believed it was a privilege to live in Greeley and to give back to the community by being actively involved. She was active in: WTK, serving as President; Assistance League of Greeley; Chapter CR of PEO; Women’s Panhellenic of Greeley; and Arvilla Meeker Quester Group. She also served on: the Weld County School District Board of Education for two terms; the Salvation Army Board; the North Colorado Medical Center Foundation; Centennial Board for Island Grove Centennial Village; Board of Directors of United Way; the Greeley Alzheimer’s Board; the Greeley Concert Board; the Greeley Philharmonic Guild; and the UNC Fine Arts Board.
Sylvia’s life celebration will be held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday, February 15th, at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Chapter CR of PEO or the Weld County Community Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service – Macy Chapel.
- P.E.O. Chapter CR
- Weld County Community Foundation
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
February 15, 2020
Bill and Dan and family
Are prayers are with you all at this of your loss
Harry & Carolyn Fuqua
February 14, 2020
Bill, Wade, Danny & Perry,
Many of our hearts are aching as Sylvia brought so much joy to each of us in her own special way. The unconditional love she gave as a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, dear friend and dedicated community member will never be forgotten. She was an elegant lady that I've looked up to with the deepest respect for over 40 years wishing I could be more like her. She knew how special she was to me and I to her. Her and I felt a strong bond almost as if we were family. Thank you Bill for letting me a part of yours and Sylvia's life. Sharing my love with each of you Bill, Wade, Danny, Perry and my special little love Bobbi. May you each find peace knowing she is with the Glory of our Heavenly Father. Connie
February 14, 2020
We love you and will always miss you. Rest in peace.
Morin and Pina Hanson
February 11, 2020
Perry and Dan and family, I didn't know your mom well, however, whenever I did see her, her bright smile always lit up the room and she had such an amazing presence about her. I am sorry for your loss. Jodie Redfern
February 7, 2020
How I met Sylvia Webster, is quite the story.
About 20 years ago, at a C.S.U. football game, I was loudly talking politics.
Suddenly, a voice behind me shouted out, "I don't know who that woman is, but I agree with everything she's saying!"
Chuck had already known Bill - forever!
Sylvia and Bill (photobombing in picture) are dear friends. They never missed a Bunch Quitter party at our farm.
We'll deeply miss Sylvia...For as I got to know the lady, I agreed with everything she ever said.
I know God blessed her. He surely blessed us with her friendship.
February 5, 2020
My late husband and I had many wonderful memories of Sylvia and the Webster family. After my husband passed away you continued to include to include me in family events. I will always remember Sylvia for her impeccable appearance. She was a lovely kind lady.
January 27, 2020
I have many memories of Silvia. I remember coaching Danny in tennis at West and on out of town trips, Sylvia and/or Bill would bring their R V to the tennis court so our tennis players would have a place to relax when they were not on the court playing. Maxine and I also remember Sylvia from days together in Sunday School and Church when we were all younger and attending the Methodist Church. Bill, Dan, and Perry, we send up our prayers for you. We shall always remember Sylvia as a very fine lady and friend.
January 26, 2020
Sylvia waa such a bright light! I worked several years with her at the bank. She was such a sweet lady
May you rest in peace!
January 25, 2020
My sweet Sylvia... how I will miss seeing your face everyday at work. Rest In Peace my dear lady. Condolences to her family, I miss her already.
January 24, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Sylvia’s Family ! I feel very honored to know such a loving lady ! Sylvia came to my shop (The Hair Shack) for many years and I will miss her Greatly ! I will strive everyday to be as kind and loving as Sylvia was ! Prayers for your family Barbara Suhre
January 22, 2020
I will always remember Sylvia and her upbeat attitude. We all can see her happy and sincere smile. Perry, I feel sorry for you and I want you to know we are grieving with you. She will be missed
Monica and Bob Kahn