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Sylvia Ann Schuster
October 8, 1937 ~ November 4, 2018 (age 81)
Sylvia A. Schuster was called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on November 4, 2018. She was 81 years old.
Sylvia was born in Tehuacana, Texas, a small town near Mexia, to Christine and Wallace Needham. Her father owned and operated his own service station in Tehuacana. Growing up in such a small town, Sylvia did everything under the sun with her girlfriends Rebeca Thornton and Ann Bounds. After graduation, she attended Sam Houston State and Texas Tech Universities, where she majored in art and enjoyed life as a member of Zeta Sorority.
Sylvia lived life to the fullest. She was married to Joseph L. Schuster for almost 61 years and was blessed with four children: David, Stanley, Kent, and Suzanne. Her family was very important to her, and she brought her children up with strong values. She told them, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” She encouraged her children to be leaders rather than followers. She lovingly taught her children that work came before play. She demonstrated this through her own life, selling Doncaster clothing for thirty years out of her home before becoming their district representative. She showed them that a strong work ethic was important and was proud that they became hard working adults who were confident in themselves. They knew they were loved, as she always told them, “Love you hard,” and reminded them, “no matter how bad it is, you can always come home.”
Sylvia was the life of the party. She loved playing bridge and also loved playing 42 with her grandkids. Sylvia loved going to the library- also known as the casino. She was passionate about the Aggies in every way and enjoyed watching them play. She enjoyed antiques, reading, listening to music, playing the piano, and interior design. She was a member of the Women’s Club and Junior League, and was very involved with First United Methodist Church, participating in many Bible study groups. Sylvia loved to travel, and enjoyed spending time in their cabin in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, especially with her family over the 4th of July and in August when it was so uncomfortably hot in Bryan.
Sylvia leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law David and Carla Schuster, her son and daughter-in-law Stanley and Sherrie Schuster, her son Kent Schuster, her daughter Suzanne Erwin, and her grandchildren Carter Schuster, Cameron Schuster, Garrett Schuster, Meredith Fiorenzi and her husband Brian, Will Darrow, and C Darrow.
The family is thankful for the love and care, kindness and compassion of the staff at the St. Joseph’s CHI Manor Rehabilitation Facility and Hospice Brazos Valley. The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Joseph L. Schuster Rangeland Ecology Management Scholarship at Texas A&M University.
A visitation will be held from 6-9 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Hillier Funeral Home of BRYAN. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Bryan City Cemetery with Pastor Rick Sitton officiating.