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SONS ... Russell, John and William Sadler
DAUGHTERS ... Mary Sadler Daley, Shirley Sadler,
Cheryl Sadler-Hyndman, Carol Sadler-Cuffy, Patricia Sadler
SISTER ... Yvonne Mitchum
BROTHER-IN-LAW ... Sonny Mitchum
AUNT ... Lucy Matthew
SONS-IN-LAW ... Carl Daley, Elias Willie, John Cuffy, Cheddi Thomas
DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW ... Noreen Martin Sadler,
Donna Bryant Sadler and Christine Laroque
NIECES ... Petra Mitchum, Arlene Mitchum
NEPHEWS ... Nigel Mitchum, Steve Mitchum, Anthony Mitchum
STEP-CHILDREN ... Isaac Sadler, Mary Morris, Catherine Brown
SPECIAL COUSIN ... Edith Evelyn Garvey
GODCHILD... Caroline Woodley
GRANDCHILDREN... Russell Sadler, Jr., Eric Daley, Jaquisha Sadler,
Jason Sadler, Jermaine Sadler, John Cuffy, Jr., Keisha Cuffy, Carla Daley,
Nathanial Sadler, Jermal Cuffy, Abigail Hyndman, Katricia Maduro,
Kyesha Maduro, Ryan Sadler, Khallid Mills, Elia Willie
Russell Sadler, William Sadler,
Russell Sadler, Jr., Eric Daley,
Nigel Mitchum, Elias Willie
John Sadler, Isaac Sadler,
Carl Daley, George Carey
Sylvia F. Sadler was born on the Island of St. Kitts to the proud parents
of Johnny and Mary Drew. She attended Bethel School in St. Kitts where
she completed, her formal high school education. In 1954 she married
Edward Sadler and embarked in a career of owning and operating a retail
grocery store. In 1961, in search of greater opportunities, they migrated to
St. Thomas where she worked as a housewife and cared for her 8 children
In September of 1970 she began her employment with the Department
of Education, School Lunch Program. With hard work and dedication, she
excelled through the ranks from a Food Service Worker, to a Cook 1, a
Cook II in charge, and finally to Kitchen Manager. Throughout her tenure
Sylvia worked at a number of schools including Gramboko, Jarvis, Sts.
Peter and Paul, Peace Corps, and Joseph Gomez. She loved every minute
of her job and was truly committed. She regarded the shy children she
served as an extension of her own family.
Sylvia's devotion and commitment to the Food Service Field extended
far beyond the assigned eight hours a day, nine months a year. This was
demonstrated summer after summer when she worked at Addelita Can-
cryn Jr. High School (then Wayne Aspinal School) and Charlotte Amalie
High School supervising and providing hundreds of meals for summer
The truest test of Sylvia's commitment came in September of 1989.
With Hurricane Hugo fast approaching the Virgin Islands, most people
could be found in their homes securing them. Sylvia was at the CAHS
shelter assisting and providing hot meals. It was 24 hours later that she
learned that she had lost her home in the storm. Sylvia's generous nature
was illustrated daily and extended far beyond Hugo. In the 70's under the
supervision of the late Halver Hart, she volunteered service as a Civil
Widowed in 1973, Sylvia raised eight children who remember being the
first to arrive at school, in the early hours of the morning, since their
mother was always punctual for work and was a stickler for time.
Sylvia retired in 1995, but her self-sacrificing demeanor and natural
ability to go beyond the call of duty has helped to develop the efficient and
productive services of the Department of Education Food Service Divi-
Sylvia will be forever missed by her family and those fortunate enough
to have known her. May She Rest In Peace.
SELECTION ................................... Human Service Choir
RECEPTION OF THE BODY ........... ..... Prayer Book, page 466
BURIAL OF THE DEAD
ENTRANCE HYMN ............................ How Great Thou Art
THE BURIAL ANTHEM ......................... Prayer Book, page 491
THE COLLECT ................................ Prayer Book, page 493
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
THE FIRST READING ................................. Isaiah 61:1-3
To Comfort Those Who Mourn
PSAIM 23 ........................... ....... Prayer Book. page 476
THE SECOND READING ............................ Revelation 7:9-17
God Will Wipe Away Every Tear
HYMN .............................................. Amazing Grace
THE HOLY GOSPEL ................................... .John 14:1-6
THE APOSTLES CREED ......................... Prayer Book, page 496
THE LORD'S PRAYER
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE .................. Prayer Book, page 497
THE CONCLUDING COLLECT .................... Prayer Book, page 498
THE PEACE ................................... Prayer Book, page 360
HYMN ........................... Oh Master, Let Me Walk With Thee
PRAYER ...................................... Prayer Book, page 499
RECESSIONAL HYMN ............................. God Be With You
AT THE CEMETERY
THE COMMITTAL ...................... ...... Prayer Book. page 501
My dearest Mom ... You have been our guiding light when things were dark,
our inspiration and most of all our friend. You've been so many good things to us
Mother, that words cannot explain. Only you Mother, know how we truly feel
when we are sad and hurting, but most of all Mother, you were always there when
we needed you. You have always found the time to tend to our every need. There
was never a task too big or a problem too hard. If there is a fault in your life, it
would be the unconditional love that you have given us. We love you very much
and you are surely going to be missed. I can truly say that you lived every day of
your life for your children. All you ever wanted was for us to have a better life,
even if it meant your being without. We could never thank you enough for being
such a positive influence in our life.
Your son Russell, Noreen, Russell, Jr. and Ryan
I have loved you all my life and I will love you for all eternity. I will remember
your teachings, your cautions, and your desire for me to be the best I could be. I
will remember y'ur sacrifices, your pains, and your joys and I will treasure you,
my dear mother, forever. Rest in peace.
Your son John, Donna, Jaquisha, Jason and Jermaine
Today I say good bye to Ma, who has been a mother and father to me since I
was 7 years old. It is the most difficult good bye I have ever had to say. So I say
good bye with love. I love you Ma, I will always love you and cherish your
Your son William, Chris and Nathanial
My dear Mother. .. You were gone in just a few days. We miss you terribly
already. Every time the telephone rings we expect you to be on the other line.
We will never see you again, but you will always live forever in our hearts and
mind. Rest in peace, Mom.
Love, your daughter Mary, Carl, Eric and Carla Daley
It has taken me five days to build up the courage to write my farewell to you,
and at this moment, as I write, I still don't want to say good bye! I want to talk, to
laugh, and to continue to visit with you at home and find out how you are. I want
to hear Abigail and Elia calling after you, "Grandma, Grandma." I want you to
have me ask Willie to check something on your car. I want to continue to
unsuccessfully debate with you that the best place for one of your new lingerie is
in my dresser drawer, and to hear you tell me sure Amy, (as you called me) but
leave it right here. All these things I can no longer do and it must be well with my
soul. I love you, I always have and I will miss you more than I can say and more
than anyone will ever know. Go with God, Mother, and rest in peace.
Your daughter Cheryl, Willie, Abigail and Elia
Mother... I and my daughters, whom you have helped to raise, have had the
honor of having you as a mother, grandmother, friend and role model. This is a
blessing. I will watch your work in progress as I watch them grow up to later pass
on your teachings to their children. You have five daughters but none as great as
yourself. You are one of a kind. As my tribute to you, I will devote the rest of my
life to living in a spiritual, righteous, honest and productive manner. I want
everyone I encounter to know I am the product of a virtuous woman. I love you
and hope when our paths cross again I can assure you that your legacy and dreams
lived on in me and mine. We love you,
Patricia, Katricia, Kyesha and Cheddi
We'll All Be Together One Sweet Day
Ma ... Sorry I never told you all I wanted to say. Now it's too late to tell you
because you've flown away to the great Kingdom in the sky. Never had I imagined
living without your smile, your kind words of wisdom or even that special hug
that cheered me up whenever I was down. Ma, I never imagined living without
you. Assuming you'd always be there, I took your presence for granted. But in my
heart you'll always be here because I have always cared, for there is no greater role
model or Mother than you. Your strength and honor were some of your greatest
qualities that made you so special and loved by many. Although the sun will
shine the same tomorrow, I'll always miss your smile and the joy we shared. Ma,
you will always be my best friend and the one person I could turn to for advice,
even though our love was tested more than once, we always managed to survive.
Knowing that you will always be with me is where I find my strength to go on. I
know that you'll be looking down on me from heaven, just like Dad, who I lost
along the way. So eventually we'll all be together one sweet day. So with this in
mind, I ask the Lord to give you the fruit of your hands, and let your own works
praise you in the gates of heaven as you continue your journey home.
Love always, Carol
My heart is saddened and extremely burdened by your passing. You were my
father's wife and a friend to me, a strong and decent woman, and I will miss you.
Your stepon Isaac Sadler
To my dear Sister... Today my heart is heavy with sorrow and grief, but as the
days turn to months may the family find sweet relief to know that you are not far
away but loving you. May God bless you as you rest in peace.
Your sister Yvonne Mitchum and family
Ma ... you are now at home in heaven: All so happy, all so bright
There is perfect joy and beauty in your everlasting light.
All your pain and grief are over, every restless moment has past:
You're now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.
I wondered ever so calmly How you trod the valley of shade?
Oh! but Jesus's love illuminated every dark and fearful glade.
Then He came Himself to meet you in that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arms to lean on, you had no doubt or dread.
Now you must not grieve so sorely, for we love you dearly, still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows, and pray to trust our father's will.
There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idle stand,
Do your work while life remainth for you shall rest in Jesus land.
When that work is all complete He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of the meeting! What a joy to see you come.
For now we all will know that you have made your journey safely home.
Ma, may you 'st in peace, from Cranky, J.C., Keisha and especially ]amal
A Tribute to Godie .. Man that is born of a woman is a few days and full of
trouble. He cometh forth like a flower and is cut down. He fleech also as a
shadow, and continueth not. I can remember the good times we shared together
as you, mama and I sat at your table and talked about life. Also you came and
helped cook while the men worked. Again we were able to sit and talk about
God's goodness to us. While at your bedside, I watched you suffer the many
pains. I prayed that God would deliver you from your pain, but His way to deliver
you was to call you home. His will is best. You worked hard and you labored
long, and have suffered much pain, but now that your laboring and suffering are
over you are at rest. You have exchanged the old cross for a new crown. I love
you, but God loves you best. I will miss you. Sleep on, my Godie, until that greal
wake up morning when we will meet again, never to part. Rest in peace, Godie.
Your goddaughter Lynn and family
Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my
Father's house are many mansions: If it were not so, 1 would have told you. I go
to prepare a place for you. Sylvia, now that the Lord has called you home and we
are separated. I will miss you, and all the good times we shared together. You and
I have worked hard and shared some rough times in life together, but God has
seen us through them. Sleep on, my beloved cousin Sylvia. I will meet you again
where there will be no more separation, no more good byes to say. Rest in peace.
Edith Garvy and family
To our dear Cousin ... Your strength, patience, and perserverance have seen
you through the bad and good times, but through it all you did your best. May the
grace of God and the everlasting love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in your
eternal rest. Sleep on, my dear cousin, for the day of the ressurection is at hand.
We love you and we will miss you.
The Matthew clan, Cheryl, Shine, Mohal and ]ahmal
Farewell Cuz ... I never thought you would leave so suddenly. God saw you
were getting tired and a cure was not to be. A golden heart stopped beating. A
hardworking hand at rest. God broke our heart to prove to us He only takes the
best. We take comfort in knowing that you are with God and not in pain
anymore. Rest in peace.
Alicia Saddler and family
To the Sadler family... It is so hard to say good bye to someone as precious
and dear as your mother. Be comforted by the fact that she gave you, tendered
with love, roots to grow and wings to soar. Remember her gentle reminders that
she did not want to endure long suffering. Find solace in the thought that she is
at peace and in His words: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28.
Juliana Williams and family
"And can it be, that we should gain, an interest in our Savior's life." To the
family of Mrs. Sylvia Sadler ... Her passing was a shock to us, but we will always
remember her for the dedication and strength that she displayed as she prepared
meals for the thousands of children as they passed through the lunch lines. Mrs.
Sadler, you will always be remembered.
Your School Lunch family and friends
To The Children of Mrs. Sylvia Sadler Any life is too short to be taken;
especially that of a Mother. Her loss means the absence of her love, warmth and
understanding. It is now that you must take the time to hold dear that love and
understanding which she has imparted to you. We will never forget the friendli-
ness and kindness Mrs. Sadler has extended to our family. Her life of contribu-
tions will be remembered. May She Rest In Peace.
Winston, Felecia, Wilbur & Warren Adams
My deepest condolences to Shirley and the rest of the family on the passing of
your dear mother, my friend Sylvia. She always knew that we can never do
anything worthwhile in this world without courage. She always tried to make our
world better and others happier, a trait for which she will always be remembered.
Take solace in the knowledge that she is resting peacefully in the arms of her
savior, Jesus Christ.
Clement "Cam" Magras
Farewell Mrs. Sadler... I was extremely saddened hearing of your passing. It
is so sad to see you leave all of us so sudden, but I know God the Almighty Father
has relieved you of your suffering. You were like a mother and a friend to me.
May God help your children to remain as one family, the family that you put
together as sisters and brothers, and not fighting with each other, because you
were one lovely, caring, wonderful person, mother and friend. I will surely miss
you. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace.
Ana Small and Family
To the Sadler family, especially my friend Shir'ey ... Remember earth has no
sorrow that heaven cannot cure and time will heal every wound. I know what you
are going through, because I've been there. Mrs. Sadler was a good mother to all
her children. She was always there to give advice and tell you what remedy to use
if you had a problem. When the Purple and Pink Action Committee had a
function, I knew my potato stuffing would be coming. She will be missed dearly.
When your heart gets heavy, try to remember the good times you had with your
mother. God knows best no more suffering no more pain. "trust in the Lord
with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Shirley, when I tell you "I am a
child of God" you always say "I am one too." This is the time you will have to
prove to me that you are one.
Dear Shirley and the rest of the Sadler Family ... On behalf of my family, staff,
and the members of the Purple and Pink Action Committee. I extend heartfelt
condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother, Mrs Sylvia
Sadler. Nothing can ever completely prepare us for the loss of a loved one,
particularly a mother such as yours who has always been a supportive pillar in the
lives of her children. Having had the opportunity to woik with your mom at the
Gramboko Elementary School, 1 can truly say that she was a treasured member of
that staff, as well as the School Lunch Program, for which she devoted so many
years of her life. Whenever possible, she was always willing to contribute her
culinary skills for some function. I am sure Mrs. Sadler shall always be remem-
bered for her dedication to the preparation of lunches for the childreja of this
territory. My committee members will also miss her renowned potato stuffing at
our food sales.
As you go through this period of bereavement, do not be discouraged Remem-
ber as the good book indicates, God is our refuge and strength; a very present help
in trouble. Lean on him.
With you in my prayers, Senator Judy f. Gomez
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The family would like to acknowledge and thank
all those who assisted and gave emotional support
to us during this time of need.
Special thanks to Kenneth Chumy and Carlton Warner.
who worked diligently to complete our mother's vault.
Thank you to all our friends for standing by our side and sharing our grief.
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