Sylvia Marie Moreno

July 28, 1958March 20, 2021

Sylvia Marie Moreno, 62, entered the gates of Heaven on March 20, 2021. Her passing was unexpected and this immense loss is felt by many who loved and cared for her deeply.

Sylvia was born on the 28th of July, 1958 in Pecos, Texas to Tomas and Emma Briones. She moved to Phoenix, Arizona when she was 12 years old and was amazed by all the palm trees. Something she had never seen in real life before, only on television. She grew up in South Phoenix where she met and married her husband of 38 years, Gilbert Moreno, on the 8th of October of 1982. Sylvia gave birth to her two beautiful children Celissia Garcia (1984) and Daniel Moreno (1986). Sylvia loved with her whole heart and did absolutely everything for her children and her family. She was so proud of her daughter who is an educator and her son who serves in the U.S. Army. Sylvia received her most beloved and anticipated title as Grandma to her precious and only grandchild Leo Garcia. His Grandma prayed for Leo before he even entered this Earth. Sylvia retired from the Paradise Valley School District after 28 years to become the primary caregiver to her grandson. Leo and his Grandma spent every day together since his birth in 2019. She taught Leo so many things and the love and bond they share is immeasurable. Sylvia would often say that Leo was the light of her life. She will be greatly missed by her son-in-law Jesus Garcia and daughter-in-law Julia Moreno whom she loved and treated like her own children.

Sylvia was such a loving, caring and beautiful soul. She loved unconditionally and made every person she knew feel special and loved. She would do anything for her family and friends. Her beloved surviving family members whose love for her was immense include her parents, her surviving brother Tim Briones (she joins her brothers Rudy and Tommy in Heaven), countless nieces and nephews and extended family. She also leaves behind many lifelong friendships. Sylvia touched so many lives and was loved by all those who knew her. She was a fighter and so strong, beating breast cancer in 2006. She was thankful every day to have had more time to be with her family. She had many plans for her life; adventures she wanted to take, experiences she wanted to share with her children and grandchild and future grandchildren, plans with her husband, family, and friends. It is now up to all who loved her to live their life in honor of her. May the life she lived here on Earth and the love she gave be celebrated on Sunday the 11th of April, 2021 at Phoenix Memorial Park at 9:30 a.m. located on 200 West Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. PLEASE WEAR WHITE. Celebration of life continues after her graveside memorial service at her daughter’s home. The family wishes to express their appreciation and gratitude for all who have provided loving support during this unimaginable and difficult time.

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even in death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” And wow, Sylvia’s love the absolute BEST!


11 April

Celebration of Life Ceremony

9:30 am

Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary

200 West Beardsley Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85027



Sylvia Marie Moreno

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Tiffany Briones

April 10, 2021

I am absolutely heartbroken :( saying goodbye to you tommorow is going to be one of the most painful things I’ve had to do. You have always been there for me as a loving Tia for as long as I can remember .Through you I have always felt connected to my dads side of family and you have always included me and thought of me during my life milestones ..From giving birth (when you popped in my room in pajamas and boots and smeared mascara with my cousin cellisia in pjs as well) to birthdays holidays main events to even just coming to my moms to see the kids..I feel a horrible tear in my heart and I cannot believe you were taken from us so soon...I’m SOOO MAD I will never get to hear your voice again or share a hug with you or hear a “Hi mija” ever again I know your with my dad and my tio Rudy in heaven but it’s not fair ...I love you Tia I always will Till I see you again with love always ...Tiff

Linda Romero

April 9, 2021

I miss you dearly my beautiful best friend! We sure did make many great memories over the last 46 years! You were always there for me and I don't know what I'm going to do without your beautiful soul, hearing your voice, your phone calls, your laughter. One thing I do know is that I will love you forever and ever! Until we meet again. God Bless you Sylvia.

Tim Briones

April 8, 2021

Sylvia carries and will always carry a beautiful soul that will stay with us forever. My sister, my trusted friend, that I loved beyond words can describe. I am heartbroken, and a part of me will never be the same again.
I am so encouraged by the many comments that exactly describes the kind and loving person she always was to me and so many. She loved life, she fought to live... she loved so much. I have so many memories of her when we were young. The hours she would spend polishing her amazing new Camaro inside and out. Playing her 8-track stereo in our living room while she got dressed to go out. And especially for always watching after me and my brothers who she is now with in heaven.
She loved decorating her home for the holidays, especially Christmas with her husband Gilbert. She loved hosting and preparing for the holidays with so much excitement to spend time with her family, extended family and friends.
She loved and admired all of her Tia’s and Tío’s from Pecos and Kermit Texas. She had an amazing love for her nephews and nieces, and they for her.
She loved and cared for our parents, and the special love they held for her as their only daughter. The loss they feel with her passing is beyond heartbreaking to say the least.
She loved her children, grandson, son and daughter in law and always wished for her family to grow. She is missed and will be missed a great deal. Please continue to pray and reach out to them when your are thinking of her.

On behalf of our family, both near and far, thank you for the love you have shown and remembrance of my beautiful sister Sylvia. She will always live in our hearts and we will live to honor her love and fight for life, love, and happiness.
God Bless,

Jon Reed

April 8, 2021

I worked with Sylvia for a few years here at school. I always enjoyed talking with her between classes, sharing stories and laughs. I enjoyed hearing about her kids- she is so proud of you and your accomplishments. A great lady always.

Mary Del Nero

April 8, 2021

Sylvia and I worked together at Sweetwater for all of my years at the school. Her kind words were so comforting to so many of the students at our school. Many of these students would only share their troubles with her. She was always there to listen!
We will always miss her!

Ashley Wright

April 8, 2021

Thank you sylvia for always being there for me throughout my years at polaris and sweetwater. You watched me grow up, graduate, and become a mother. Rest in paradise you will forever be missed, Ash.

Maribeth Koon

April 8, 2021

I had the privilege to work with Sylvia for several years at Sweetwater Community School. She was so loving and caring towards our students and she was a friend to the entire staff and faculty. I missed her so when she retired! We're never ready to say goodbye to someone we love.

Nazmiye Carter

April 8, 2021

Sylvia and I were coworkers at Paradise Valley Schools. We became close friends immediately and our decades-long friendship continued after we both retired from PV. Sylvia was always kind and generous to everyone and made no secret that her family, especially her children, was her life. I will always cherish our friendship.
Nazmiye (Mia) Carter

Anyssa C

April 8, 2021

As a woman in her 20’s as of 2020 and meeting Sylvia in my teens I have so much to take from her & I’s relationship. I would always make an excuse to go to the bathroom to talk to Sylvia. Her & I would talk & talk until she saw someone in the hallway. She would tell me “mija get back to class it’s Mrs. “so & so.” Her & I kept in contact from time to time, I will always remember the talks we had. No only that but the topics... they were all about women empowerment. They say in your 20’s that you are trying to find yourself & they are right. The connections we make with people in our adolescent years are so important. I am thankful that I had a woman security guard... because those “girl” talks we had are shaping me. I live in California now but I hope her presence comes to me when I watch sunsets. Her hugs she gave feel like the sun hugging you on a blessed day. Praying for all her loved ones, may her soul live in forever!

Cinda Brennan

April 8, 2021

The first time I met Sylvia, many years ago, she was so warm and welcoming. The feeling was like we had known each other for years and had had a long time friendship. She definitely will live on in her daughter Celissia, who is just as beautiful and loving as her mom was. Sylvia, you will be greatly missed, may you rest in peace. 💖