Sylvia May Sawyer Kislingbury went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. A memorial service was held June 30 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She was born Feb. 11, 1951, in Winslow to Bob and Sylvia Sawyer.
After graduation from high school, Sylvia went to Virginia to live with her sister Georgia and Grandmother Annie Hayes. She enjoyed her time there and came back to Arizona, where she went to cosmetology school, then went to work in beauty shops in Kingman, Globe, Payson and Apache Junction, where she met and married the love of her life, Shorty Leroy Roggow, who shortly afterward passed away of walking pneumonia. She then moved back to Winslow, where she married again and had her children.
She was very well known for her sense of humor and her smile. She could light up a room just by her presence. You never saw her without a smile or a hug or a joke. She loved her children and her grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews so much, and in her later years her grandkids were her life! She was ‘Mom’ to every child who came into her life. She was the definition of love. She never knew a stranger, and always made everyone feel welcome and important. She was pretty well known for being mischievous! She was such a positive person, some of us called her Pollyanna.
Sylvia was a hairdresser to many families in this town. A very compassionate woman, she was a supervisor for Accent Care, and made sure the elderly and disabled were well taken care of. She touched a lot of lives in this town.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her mother, Sylvia Hayes Sawyer in 1996; her father, Bob Sawyer in 1998; her brother, Bobby Sawyer in 1980; and her husband, Shorty Leroy Roggow in 1975.
Survivors include her sons, Jason and Stephen Kislingbury, and daughter, Amanda Kislingbury, all of Winslow; two sisters, Georgia Beamon (Stewart) of Globe and Margaret Barner of Winslow; eight grandchildren she was so proud of; as well as her great nieces and nephews, and many, many friends and relatives.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.