Sylvia Jean (Garner) Sweeny (1946 - 2017)

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Sylvia Jean Sweeney, born March 19, 1946, was called to her eternal home in the early hours of May 9, 2017. Though born in Texas, she was a lifelong resident of Milton, Florida.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Huston D Garner & Edna Mae LaGrant; and her brothers, Calvin Garner & Danny Garner. She is survived by her husband, Donald Ray Sweeney; siblings, Larry Garner, Katherine LaGrant, and Carlton LaGrant; daughters, Kathy Rose (Michael Rose) and Kimberly Mabire; grandchildren, Hunter Rose, Ashlyn Mabire, and Ashton Mabire; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Sylvia, or "Mimi" as she was affectionately called, had a radiant heart and a beautiful smile. Baptized as a born again Christian in the icy waters of Pond Creek, with every trial she trusted the Lord as he carried her through.

Her early summers were spent on the softball field of Carpenter's City Park coached by Donald who said "I gave her 9 team members to back her up." Everybody knew the "Rebels" had the best catcher in the league. She later passed the reigns of competition to her daughter and became a very dedicated "Cheerleading Mom." She couldn't have been more proud, cheering Kim on through the years all the way from "Mighty Mites" to a National Championship.

Throughout her entire life, even until her last day, she embodied the very spirit of creativity. If you can name it, she has sewn it. When Kathy needed a Prom dress, she called Momma. Sylvia made wedding albums, decorated church bulletins, home made jewelry, and so much more. Even during her last days with Hospice she was working on her jewelry. They'll probably never stop finding beads rolling around that floor. And there has never been a better cook in all of the south. No one will ever match her prized lasagna, cornbread dressing, and fried chicken heirloom recipes.

She sang in her church choir, she taught her daughter how to dance, she lit up the room at every family gathering, she made everyone she met feel special. Her life was filled with joy and she shared it with everyone around her.

Life wasn't easy for Sylvia but it was full. She faced many challenges and overcame them all. We learned through her example that there is no adversity we can't rise above, especially when we have family to support us.

She placed the cornerstone of this family and instilled in each of us that nothing comes before the bond we share. Her greatest wish is that we stay strong together and that we always support one another just as she did. While she has moved on to a better place, she hasn't left us. You can still find her in the smiles on the faces of her children and in the warmth of our hearts.

We will never forget how much she loved us.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the National Cremation & Burial Society (5641 Highway 90, Milton) Family and Friends are welcome to gather at 10:00 am prior to the service. Interment will follow in Memory Park Cemetery.

National Cremation & Burial Society of Milton has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from May 12 to June 11, 2017
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