Syvilla E. Anderson, a retired nurse, died on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. She was 86.
She was born on Jan. 4, 1933, to the late Alice and James Coleman in Wilmington, Delaware. She was affectionately known as “Andy.”
Anderson was educated in the Philadelphia public school system, graduating from the old William Penn High School for Girls in 1950.
After graduation, she began a career in the nursing field, becoming a licensed practitioner nurse in 1967. She worked as a nursing professional until she retired from Bayada Nurses in 1998.
Anderson spent her summers traveling the world, including visits to Saudi Arabia, Paris, Hawaii and Alaska. Traveling was her passion and she passed her love of travel to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her other interests included sewing and reading.
Anderson was “a strong woman who always put her family first,” her family said in a statement. “She was wise and her opinions were valued. So when she spoke, you listened. Everyone who knew her loved and respected her.”
In addition to raising her family, she devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and friends in need.
Anderson is survived by: her children, Nettie Simpson and Michael Anderson; son-in-law, Anthony Simpson; grandchildren, David Anderson, Syvilla Anderson, Yolanda Simpson and Angela Simpson; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and other family members and friends.
Services for Anderson were held on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Haven Penial United Methodist Church, 2301 W. Oxford St. Viewing was from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Interment was at Merion Memorial Park in Bala Cynwyd.
Savin Funeral Home Inc. handled the arrangements.