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Obituary: Slyvia Rich Crosby

Sylvia Rich Crosby, 83, of Batesville passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.

She was born Jan. 5, 1938, in Forrest City, Arkansas to Walter Raleigh Rich and Stella Mae Rush Rich.

Sylvia was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; enjoyed singing in the choir at church and with The Community Choral Society. She enjoyed cooking for her family, sewing and loved visiting her grandchildren here in the area as well as in Florida. Sylvia enjoyed watching movies and going out with her friends. She was a big fan of live music of all kinds especially, blues, jazz, and opera.

She belonged to the Philanthropic Educational Organization and served on the board for both the White River Housing Authority and Old Independence Regional Museum.

She often would volunteer her time at the museum and loved to mentor and shape the minds of young people.

Survivors include her three daughters, Carol Crosby and Amanda Crosby Thomas both of Batesville, and Margaret Crosby Wells of Boca Raton, Florida; one sister, Carol Rich McQueen, and her husband, Lee of West Memphis; and four grandchildren, Amanda Claire Thomas, Jackson Crosby Thomas, Osborne Keller Wells, and Bruce Carroll Wells.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyrus Keller Crosby; and sister, Margaret Rich Neely.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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