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Sylvia Abrahams

d. May 7, 2019

Hillsboro – Sylvia Abrahams, 90, died May 7, 2019 at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita.  She was born May 13, 1928 in Hillsboro.  She married Raymond Eldon Abrahams November 30, 1947 in Hillsboro.  Survivors include: sons, Kim (Carol) Abrahams of Rural Hillsboro, Rex (DeVonne) Abrahams of Canton; daughters, Bev (Darold) Klein of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Dawn Abrahams of Moundridge; 5 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren.  Predeceased by her husband in 2015.  Celebration of Life Service 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro.  Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to Parkside Homes or First Mennonite Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin

Sylvia Jean Abrahams was born May 13, 1928 and passed away May 7, 2019.


She was born to Anna Bartel – Unruh – Bartel. Her father was Ernest Unruh. She had one brother from this marriage, Byran. A sister, Inez passed away at one month. Later in life Sylvia’s widowed mother, Anna married William Bartel. From this marriage she had another brother, Billie Bartel.


Sylvia grew up in the Hillsboro, Kansas area. She attended Lighthouse Country School, Hillsboro High School and Bethel Academy. In 1947 she married her sweetheart Raymond E. Abrahams and they enjoyed 68 years of blessed marriage. Ray preceded her in death, April 28, 2015. From this marriage they had 4 children: Beverly, Kim, Rex and Dawn.


Throughout her life, Sylvia enjoyed cooking delicious meals, was an expert seamstress and supported her family and church with much love. She was active with her children in 4-H, Scouting, school and church activities. She was instrumental in starting the First Mennonite Church Peppernut Project.


Camping with family and friends played a big part in her life. The Colorado Mountains and Poudre River were her favorites. After Ray retired from the Postal Service, Sylvia and Ray would travel to Colorado and stay all summer, traveling from camp site to camp site, waiting for that special week when all the family would join them for a time of fun, campfires, outdoor cooking and sight-seeing.


Sylvia liked to quilt, just like her mother. One of her proudest accomplishments was working on the First Mennonite Banner Project. The banners continue to look beautiful hanging in the sanctuary of First Mennonite Church bringing seasonal blessings to all who see them throughout the year.


In Sylvia’s latter years at Parkside Homes, she was a big fan of playing scrabble with friends and figuring out Sudoku puzzles. She also hosted a weekly Sunday School class where everyone was welcome. Hospitality was her special ingredient. She remained extremely sharp until her passing. The kids joked that she could remember more than they could. No one was “too old” to get one of her “lectures,” all shared with sincerity and love. Sylvia was just looking out for everyone’s best interests.


We all thought “Mom” would live to be a 100. After all, her mother lived to 98. However, it was not in God’s plan. Even at 90, it feels like she left us much too quickly. Who would have thought that “new-fangled” scooter would have gotten the best of her. One never knows when the Lord calls us home. Maybe the Angels wanted someone new to play Scrabble with?


We Love you Mom!


Survivors include:

Children: BeverlyKlein (Darold) Ft Collins, CO; Kim (Carol) Hillsboro, KS;

Rex (DeVonne) Canton, KS and Dawn Moundridge, KS.

5 Grand Children: Cameron, Corey, Cheryl, Megan and Dustin.

6 Great Grand Children: Gavin, Kylee, Christopher, Sebashgen, Cadee and Jase.

Brother-in-Law Charles Abrahams, Sister-in-Law Lyla Bartel and many Nieces, Nephews and Friends.

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3 thoughts on “Sylvia Abrahams

  1. Rex, Kim and families,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Don & Bev Scobee

  2. Sylvia was such a wonderful person! She was so generous and shared her love with all who knew her. I will miss her and admire her always. Sylvia was a true testiment to God’s plan.

  3. Your Mom was my 4-H leader in the 60’s. She was a wonderful mentor and friend. She had a wedding shower for me when I got married in ’66. She always encouraged me and made me feel like I was a worthy person. I will always be grateful for her positive influence on my life! So sorry to hear of your loss. Mary (Wiens) Flaming

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