Sylvia passed peacefully after a long fight with several illnesses.
Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband Robert Earl Warwick,
her first husband John Joseph Spisak Sr.,
her mother Rossie, her brother Royce Jackson Payne, and her nephew Royce Jackson Payne Jr.,
and many other beloved family members.
Sylvia is survived by her brother David (Bubba) Welsh and his wife Jennifer (Leggs) Welsh,
her sister Kathy Dibiase and her husband Russell Dibiase and children,
her sister in law Kathy Payne and children.
She also left a lasting legacy with
her children, John Joseph, Joseph Stuart, Rossie Victoria, Michael David and his wife Laura Welsh,
Rita Marie, and her honorary son Derwin Alvin Estep and his wife Dolly,
and many grandchildren and great grandchildren
Sylvia (Sibby) was born in Gap Mills, West Virginia to Rossie W. McGuire.
The “Home Place” as she called it, was where she spent her early years and loved to visit for family
reunions and get togethers. She shared this love with her kids and we all loved the time spent there.
She was raised in Brentwood, Maryland by Rossie and Roy Payne.
She attended Bladensburg High School and worked several jobs including
her last position as a bookkeeper for Vic’s Electric Company
Mom was a Life Member and past President of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary.
She belonged to Post 110 in Mount Rainer and Post 131 in Colmar Manor
Mom loved many things including jig saw puzzles, crocheting, and playing card and board games.
She loved reading including her Washington Post newspaper and her morning cup of McDonald’s coffee
There were many wonderful nights spent at the dining room table of her mom’s house playing cards and
laughing with Aunts and Uncles. She was an avid animal lover. As children we would bring
home strays of many types and sizes and none were ever turned away. There were the usual dogs and
cats, fish, turtles, Guinee pigs, and the unusual club footed chicken !!!
She continued to rescue stray cats including her beloved Teddy up until the end.
She loved her family and children fiercely and everyone knew it. She expressed her love constantly.
Mom’s last few years were spent in the loving environment of Rosemary and Mr. E’s
Harmony Rose assisted living home along with their wonderful staff to which she grew very fond of.
There will be a gathering to celebrate Sylvia on Saturday February 10th 2024 from 10am to 12 noon
with a service starting immediately after held at:
Beall Funeral Home
6512 NW Crain Highway (Route 3 South)
Bowie, Maryland 20715
Interment will be private at a later date at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery