ELLSWORTH – Sylvia Anne Tapley died Feb. 15, 2014, at a Bangor hospital, where she was born on June 19, 1943, to Paul Dutton Tapley and Lillian Sylvia Drasler Tapley.
Sylvia is survived by her sisters, Mary Elizabeth Tapley Turner, Louise Edith Tapley VanPelt and Jean Ellen Tapley; and nieces and nephews, Susan VanPelt, Benjamin VanPelt, Robert Turner and wife, Lavay, Christopher Turner, Gregory Turner and wife, Martha, and children, Bailey and Owen, Michael Turner and wife, Lindsey, and daughter, Olive, Wendy Turner and partner, John Wert, and daughter, Maya; and many cousins.
Sylvia spent her childhood in Ellsworth and “Rockhaven” Trenton. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Ellsworth. She graduated from EHS, class of 1961 and from UMO, class of 1965 with a BA in Sociology and served as class correspondent to the Maine Alumni Magazine. She worked as a social worker and credit manager. Sylvia lived for many years in Connecticut where she was active in church and community. She was a member of First Church Congregational, Fairfield where she served as deacon and Stephens Minister. Sylvia “walked and rolled” for the annual CROP walks for hunger. She was an active member and officer in the NAMI Fairfield organization. In 1994 Sylvia was honored by the “Salute to Women” of the YWCA of Eastern Fairfield County. In 2005 she was honored at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner of First Church Congregational, Fairfield. Sylvia’s interests included travel and genealogy.
A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Congregational Church of Ellsworth. To honor Sylvia’s life, donations in her name may be made to CROP WALK, care of First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, ME 04605; or CROP WALK, care of First Church Congregational, Fairfield, CT 06824.