Rose and her husband had two other children a boy and a girl. Zach was six years old, and Ellie four. They were both thrilled to have a new baby sister and were amazed at how small she was. They watched over her and were very protective. No doubt Sylvia was spoiled rotten by everyone including all four of her grandparents.
Sylvia and her family lived in a middle class neighborhood in Oxford, Mississippi. She enjoyed her childhood and had lots of friends and a loving family. She liked going to school and excelled in her studies. In 1995, she started her high school years at Oxford High School. In her first year of high school her grandparents -- the Powells -- were killed in a small plane crash. Sylvia was devastated by their unexpected demise and she missed them greatly. In her freshman year of high school, she and her friends joined the "Adopt a Grandparent" program and started visiting residents at the nursing homes. Sylvia enjoyed visiting and talking with the elderly patients. It was at this time that the seed was planted to become a nurse and she knew exactly where she wanted to work.
Sylvia worked hard to keep up her grade point average so she could attend nursing school. She graduated high school in 1998, enrolled in Northwest Community College for two years. She then transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. After graduation in 2002 she set out to find a job at a local nursing home and was hired on at the Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home.
Sylvia moved into a small apartment near her work. She loved being a nurse and taking care of people that couldn't take care of themselves. She worked hard and kept close ties with her family and saw them as often as she could. She was content.