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Sylvia L. Washington
(Died December 14, 2013)

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Sylvia L. Washington

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Sylvia L. Washington was born on March 10, 1938 to Edwin C. Washington Sr. and Mabel Harris Washington in Dallas, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in music from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She continued her education obtaining a Master’s degree in education/special education from Indiana University in Bloomington.

A very important aspect of Sylvia’s life was her sorority – Delta Sigma Theta. She became an active member of Beta Nu Chapter, which would become Gary Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She sang with the Deltaphonics and in later years was a member of the Companion Sorors.

Sylvia came to Indiana in 1966 and fell in love with the community. She was employed by the Gary Community School Corp for over 35 years where she taught at Nobel, Marquette, Bethune, Carver and Aetna elementary schools. She taught special education, music, English and art to children from kindergarten to 12th grade. Sylvia was also an artist who found art to be a valuable tool in working with exceptional children.

Art became her focus when she retired in 1998. She worked with charcoal, oil, pencil, watercolor, pastel, pottery and sculpture. In 2007, she was a featured artist at the Gary Public Library displaying some of her most stunning pieces.

Sylvia was a member of the Lakeshore Cultural Society whose focus was on the performing, visual and literary arts. This organization was founded in 2006.

Sylvia is survived by two of her brothers – Edwin C. Washington Jr., and Arthur G. Washington Sr., sister-in-law – Elizabeth Washington; nieces/nephews – Ashira O. Tosihwe, Carol J. Northington, Edwin C. Washington III, Elizabeth Smith, Arthur Washington Jr., and David Washington; and a host of grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews.

Sylvia also had a very close family of friends in Gary who were an important part of her life and helped care for her in her later years. They are, Dee Buggs, Sara Williams, Mary Swinney, Vertelle Staton, Jeanette Pike and Alma Swift.

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