Sylvia Hope Smith

February 7, 1947June 16, 2021

Sylvia Hope Smith, 74, of Merriam, KS passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Kansas City Hospice.

Sylvia was born on February 7, 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kansas City Missouri to Robert and Virginia Paige. She grew up on a farm in Olathe, Kansas. Sylvia attended Stuck Elementary School, Olathe Junior High School and graduated from Olathe High School in 1965. From there she attended Ottawa University and was a member of the social club Phi Kappa Chi. Sylvia graduated in 3 ½ years with the class of 1969 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She taught a total of 39 ½ years, Kindergarten, 4th grade, but the majority of her years were spent teaching 1st grade in her classroom called the “Mouse House.” She received her Masters of Education degree in 1992 from MidAmerica Nazarene College. She enjoyed traveling, collecting sea shells on the beach, flower gardening, reading and watching the Hallmark channel. Sylvia loved watching the Royals, the Chiefs and especially KU Basketball. Family dogs were special to her including her time with granddogs Belle and Emma. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends. She truly loved being a Nana to Caroline and Johnny and was their number one fan watching Caroline dance and Johnny play sports.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Virginia.

Sylvia is survived by two daughters, Michelle M. Upton (Dwayne) and Tresa L. Vogel (John); two grandchildren, Caroline and Johnny; sister Sharon Connie Meredith (Bob); two nephews Neil Meredith and Brett Meredith (Vanessa); niece Kali Narozny (Chris); great nephew Cameron; and great niece Meredith.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 5, 2021 at Shawnee Community Christian Church, 5340 Martindale Road, Shawnee, KS 66218. The service will be casual with her family wearing Mickey Mouse t-shirts to honor Sylvia. You are welcome to join us in your Mickey Mouse “gear” or your favorite KU/Kansas City sports team. Visitation is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with service immediately following. Please join us after the service at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Grand Pavilion Shelter, 14907 West 87th Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215 for a picnic dinner.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The American Cancer Society or Shawnee Community Christian Church.


  • Visitation

    Monday, July 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, July 5, 2021


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P Elaine Saner

July 3, 2021

Praying for extra Peace And Comfort for you girls and your families. Her love, smile, laughs and sweet advise will always be in your heart. She loved with her whole heart and and lived her life to the fullest. Very kind and caring woman. No Cancer or Health Issues in Heaven! She is free enjoying Eternal Life.

Connie Williams Bieszczat

June 28, 2021

Sylvia and I spent a lot of time together in Jr High and High School. And she was in my wedding 54 years ago. I am sure she was a great teacher and that her students will always remember her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family in this time of great sorrow. Connie Williams Bieszczat

Diana Holland

June 25, 2021

So many wonderful, fun memories as our parents visited one another at each of our homes 1950s and 60s as I was growing up. Our Mothers were best friends thru their school years here. Sylvia was always so sweet and always smiling and a joy to be with. My fond memories and prayers are with all of you. Diana Holland

Joy Fischer

June 24, 2021

SYLVIA- A gracious lady, a kind heart, a temple of kindness.. Brought together by circumstances. Stayed friends by choice.

Brenda Dulny

June 23, 2021

Sylvie was always caring and loving and a true friend. She sent cards to SO many people. Through all her chemo treatments, she never complained and always had a positive outlook. I will miss her daily texts and reminding me when the Royals and Jayhawks would be playing. I will miss my very thoughtful and sweet friend.


June 23, 2021

I remember Sylvia as a very sweet, bright and super gifted young lady. She always knew the answers to seemingly everything and enjoyed family, school and her friends, I remember hanging out with Sylvia along with Connie Williams for a few years in Jr High and High School.
I am so sorry for the loss her death has caused and prayers go out to her family and all who loved her,.
Jeanne (Gloria) Small Robinson

Jackie Ives

June 23, 2021

I'm sure all of Sylvia's friends would attest to everything I am going to share. She had such a way of remembering us all at every special day. Many of the cards she sent were of her own making and always expressed the great love she held for all her friends. I'm sure nobody who knew Sylvia hadn't heard of Caroline and Johnny. They were so special to her and she delighted in all of their accomplishments, but most of all she cherished the love they shared with her. Family and friends meant the world to Sylvia and she to them. We will miss her love and caring way.
Jackie Ives

Kathy Rowe

June 21, 2021

I loved your Mom. I couldn't have had a sweeter, better neighbor kitty-corner behind me in our little area of Merriam, Kansas. We shared so many delightful memories together as we raised our families. We served in PTA, watched our girls cheer and graduate from SMN and shared so many conversations about life. I loved the cards she would send to me. I had no idea she was ill and am shocked to lose her. Her girls and grand children were the light of her life. I hope that you all know that you are in my thoughts an prayers and that I love you.
Kathy Rowe