CURTIS -- Sylvia English of Atascadero, Calif., formerly of Curtis, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2009, after a nine-month battle with leukemia.
Sylvia June Clawson was born Oct. 22, 1930, to Ira James and Vinnie Marie (Hetcht) Clawson a large pioneer farming family in Curtis, one of eight children and 37 cousins. She attended grade school at District 78 south of Curtis, later attended high achool in Curtis graduating in 1947.
Even though she moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1948, her beloved Nebraska remained her life-long passion and true home. In 1950, while attending Bethel Methodist Church, she met and married her husband, Edward A. "Ted" English.
The growing family settled in Norwalk, where they lived for 25 years; they moved to Downey in 1983 where she was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran and Downey First Baptist Churches. Active in Downey's Christian community, she was employed at Joy Christian Book store, where her knowledge of biblical history and literature was well known; she served as president of the Downey Christian Women's Club for many years.
In 1997, Sylvia and Ted moved to into a rural area of Atascadero. Always a farm-girl at heart, she once again enjoyed raising chickens and tending her garden and orchard. Sylvia was known for her garden and kitchen skills, famous for her apple pies, jams, rolls and particularly for her 'Grandma's Atomic Pickles.' During this time, Sylvia attended Atascadero Bible Church and served on the executive board of Escuela del Rio, an organization dedicate to providing for children and adults with special needs.
She is survived by her husband, Ted and eight children, Victoria (Ian) Smith, Scott (Debi), Deborah, Christine, Geoff (Celeste), Brian (Bernadette), Catherine (Mark) Robson, and Bruce (Joanne), in addition to brothers, Delbert (Barbara) Clawson, Charles (Esther) Clawson and sisters, Genevieve Megil, Zella Clawson and Alta Morelli.
She is also survived by grandchildren, Gabrielle, Zachary, Landon, Brittany, Steven, Michael, Lauren, Julie, John, Tyler, Alithea, Lillian, Tess, Hannah, Jack, Sarah and Brett, as well as three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins too numerous to mention.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Blasť-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2009, in the Clawson family plot at the Curtis Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.blasestrauser.com or mailed to 8223 E. Suva, Downey CA 90240. Donations in her memory can be made to Escuela del Rio, P.O. Box 6007, Atascadero CA 93423.
Blasť-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.