OBITUARY

Sylvia Jane Culley

August 5, 1942September 29, 2019
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Sylvia Jane Culley, daughter of Bessie and Adin Bolar, was born on August 5, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. From the day she was born, to the day that she passed on, she shared her love, her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, and her support. She shared these with her daughters, her family, and her friends. Sylvia and her sister, Clarice, were best friends. When her children were young, she and Clarice talked every day, greeting each other with an upbeat, “Howdy Dooo!” That was the beginning of her showing the special bond of love, fun and happiness between sisters. Sylvia grew up in St. Louis, MO where she attended Antioch Baptist Church, graduated from Sumner High School and received her college degree from Harris Stowe Teachers College. She married Tommie J. Culley and in that union had three daughters. Sylvia was active in supporting all three girls through their school years to adulthood, serving as a classroom room mother, Girl Scout leader, tutor, counselor and confidante. Sylvia, along with her husband, Tommie, taught their girls the value of community by helping start a friendship circle called the North County Odd Couples. This group resulted in multiple family vacations, get-togethers, and a bowling league. Many of the friendships developed from this group are still friends with each other today and are supportive friends of Sylvia’s girls, lifelong friends, who have shown kindness, love and support.

In St. Louis, Sylvia enjoyed family get-togethers where she liked to sing, dance, and play pokeno. She loved her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and was proud of the success of all of her nieces and nephews.

In Kansas City, she attended St. James United Methodist Church where she enjoyed the fellowship and the songs of praise from the Contemporary Choir. Sylvia served as secretary at BW Shepherd State School for Severely Handicapped Children in Kansas City, MO. She also worked as a marketing manager for AT&T in Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; and Burke, VA. After leaving Virginia, she lived in Charlotte, NC for over 10 years. In Charlotte, she attended Unity Church where she volunteered on the Hospitality Committee. She also volunteered as a companion at Sharon Towers Assisted Living Facility. She moved back to the Kansas City area to an assisted living facility in May of 2018.

After a well fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she passed away on Sunday evening, September 29, 2019. Sylvia’s brother, Carl Bolar preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory, sister, Clarice Reid (Charlotte, NC), three daughters: Cynthia Phillips (Keith), Carla Carter (Seaon, Sr.), Cassaundra "Cassie" Graves (Scott); grandchildren: Seaon, Jr., Nikayla, Arielle, Dasia, Scott, Jr., Nia, Markayla, great grand-daugther, Lakenzie; sisters-in-law Helena Bolar and Rose Culley; nieces: Carolyn Davis, Glenda Culley, Georgette Culley, nephews: Carl (Bert) Bolar, Jr., Rick Bolar, Anthony "Tony" Bolar, Kevin Pulley (Alfreda), and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

  • FAMILY

  • Bessie (Howard) Bolar (deceased), Mother
  • Adin Bolar (deceased), Father
  • Carl Bolar (deceased), Brother
  • Clarice Reid, Sister
  • Cynthia (Keith) Phillips, Daughter
  • Carla (Seaon, Sr.) Carter, Daughter
  • Cassaundra "Cassie" (Scott) Graves, Daughter
  • Seaon Jr., Nikayla, Arielle, Dasia, Scott Jr., Nia and Markayla, Grandchildren; Lakenzie Great-granddaughter
  • Helena Bolar, Sister-in-law
  • Rose Culley, Sister-in-law
  • Carolyn Davis, Niece
  • Glenda Culley, Niece
  • Georgette Culley, Niece
  • Carl "Bert" Bolar, Jr., Nephew
  • Rick Bolar, Nephew
  • Anthony "Tony" Bolar, Nephew
  • Kevin (Alfreda) Pulley, Nephew

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Elease Amaker

October 12, 2019

To Carla and Family....
Your mom and I had the best of times. We shared daily walks, talks, movies, church, lunches, laughter and yes the Panthers. We were inseparable for many years until I moved to Michigan. But yes, we then had the telephone. Sylvia knew how to make me laugh when I was annoyed about something. She would say, " Now tell me how you really feel about it."
It is very hard to lose someone, but God has granted us quality time with her and now she is spending time with Him.
So when you miss her, as I will, think of all the beauty and love,
and memories that she left behind and Smile.

Judith Rollison

October 4, 2019

Cindy, Carla and Cassie you guys had an awesome mom who was loving, graceful, beautiful and smart. I always enjoyed hearing the latest stories about her cat “dog” or seeing the cards the cat sent. I think about her every time it’s brisk outside. I loved your mother’s since of adventure and free spirit. She will be forever remembered and loved. God provide you the mercy and grace to endure this time of sorrow. Love you Cindy, Carla and Cassie.

Judy Davis

October 3, 2019

To Cindy, Carla and Cassie, wanted to send my condolences to you and your families. I always loved seeing and talking to your mom. She had such an infectious smile. Please know that she is resting and will be watching over you from her heavenly palace. Sending you my prayers 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Margaret Kay

October 3, 2019

I wasn't lucky enough to know you, but I know Seaon, and I know him to be a man of integrity, wit, and great purpose. So, you must have done a wonderful job, Miss Sylvia. Please keep an eye on all of us from you new place in heaven.
-Meg K.

Tracy Miller

October 2, 2019

Carla and family, I'm so sorry for your loss! I did not spend a lot of time with your mom, but the time I did spend was great, comforting and enjoyable. I know that your family loved her dearly and will deeply sense her absence....I pray for your strength thru these moments...and I pray that as the moments get tough you are reminded of her strength and her smile, her advice and her gentle push...all those things that comforted you when she was here....

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Biography

Sylvia Jane Culley, daughter of Bessie and Adin Bolar, was born on August 5, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri. From the day she was born, to the day that she passed on, she shared her love, her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, and her support. She shared these with her daughters, her family, and her friends.

Sylvia and her sister, Clarice, were best friends. When her children were young, she and Clarice talked every day, greeting each other with an upbeat, “Howdy Dooo!” That was the beginning of her showing the special bond of love, fun and happiness between sisters. Sylvia grew up in St. Louis, MO where she attended Antioch Baptist Church, graduated from Sumner High School and received her college degree from Harris Stowe Teachers College. She married Tommie J. Culley and in that union had three daughters. Sylvia was active in supporting all three girls through their school years to adulthood, serving as a classroom room mother, Girl Scout leader, tutor, counselor and confidante. Sylvia, along with her husband, Tommie, taught their girls the value of community by helping start a friendship circle called the North County Odd Couples. This group resulted in multiple family vacations, get-togethers, and a bowling league. Many of the friendships developed from this group are still friends with each other today and are supportive friends of Sylvia’s girls, lifelong friends, who have shown kindness, love and support.

In St. Louis, Sylvia enjoyed family get-togethers where she liked to sing, dance, and play pokeno. She loved her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and was proud of the success of all of her nieces and nephews.

In Kansas City, she attended St. James United Methodist Church where she enjoyed the fellowship and the songs of praise from the Contemporary Choir. Sylvia served as secretary at BW Shepherd State School for Severely Handicapped Children in Kansas City, MO. She also worked as a marketing manager for AT&T in Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis, MN; and Burke, VA. After leaving Virginia, she lived in Charlotte, NC for over 10 years. In Charlotte, she attended Unity Church where she volunteered on the Hospitality Committee. She also volunteered as a companion at Sharon Towers Assisted Living Facility. She moved back to the Kansas City area to an assisted living facility in May of 2018.

After a well fought battle with Alzheimer’s disease, she passed away on Sunday evening, September 29, 2019.