Elizabeth J. Sykes
Elizabeth J. Sykes, 60, formerly of Ridgway and St. Marys, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at the Warren Manor Nursing Home in Warren following a lengthy illness. She was born March 22, 1956 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Ray B. and Mary (Overholser) Sykes. Elizabeth lived most of her life in St. Marys as a resident of Oak Manor, Inc. Community Living and attended Dickinson Adult Habilitation Center in Ridgway for many years. Her life was enriched by the care and support of the staff from both facilities and she enjoyed living in a safe family environment within the community. Elizabeth is survived by her sisters, Marianne (Myron) Fernstrom of Warren and Helen Sykes of Phoenix, Arizona; two brothers, Ray (Nancy) Sykes of Pensacola, Florida and John Sykes of Lewes, Delaware; two stepsisters, Margaret Keller (Nigel Robbins) of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada and Martha Keller (Richard) Masson of St. Marys; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Mary Lynn Keller Sykes who was a loving and devoted advocate for Elizabeth and her care. A memorial service for Elizabeth J. Sykes will be celebrated at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Alan Coudriet, Vicar of Grace Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Thayer Memorial Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, can be made to the Elk County Community Foundation in the name of Oak Manor Inc. Fund. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home. www.thompsonfuneralhomepa.com.
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