Her adoring family will affectionately remember Sylvia Stewart Day Reynolds as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She was a beloved wife to John W. Reynolds and a dear friend to many. She passed away peacefully and was surrounded by many of her loving family members as she took her last breath. Her family cherished her, and they were steadfast in ensuring she felt love and comfort throughout.
Sylvia was born on October 9, 1944, in Provo, Utah, to Scott Paul Stewart and Hilda Ellen Farrer Stewart. She had a homespun and bucolic childhood. Her father was a sheepman who owned thousands of sheep, managed sheepherders, and had a lucrative enterprise. He later developed, owned, and improved the Timp Haven ski area before it became Sundance. Sylvia emulated much from her parents, especially her mother. Her mother strongly believed in keeping the home a clean and tidy sanctuary, and Sylvia took that training to heart. When Sylvia had her own family, she was genuinely gifted in keeping her home warm and welcoming. For instance, when living in the SLC/Holladay Utah area, when her kids arrived home from school, she always had freshly baked goodies there welcoming them home - Every. Single. Day. She decorated beautifully for each holiday and made the home a lovely place for her children.
After high school, Sylvia attended LDS Business College. She married Don C. Day on February 20, 1965; they had seven children and were later divorced. Afterward, she met and fell in love with John W. Reynolds. They married at the Weber County Courthouse on March 25, 1994, and were married for nearly 30 years.
She had a great love of nature and had so many endearing childhood memories of spending summers in what is now the Sundance, Utah, area. Her favorites were hiking to Stewart Falls and hearing the rushing creek on their property. She enjoyed skiing and was an instructor at the family-run Timp Haven ski area. Her parallel skiing form was something to aspire to; she was so graceful and lovely to see in action on the ski hill.
She was a consummate professional, she worked at the Utah State Capital in SLC in her twenties and later after moving to Brigham City, she was an Executive Secretary at Thiokol and worked there for 19 years. A highlight from this era was working a launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Sylvia worked throughout with the team during flight preparation and launch. Her eldest daughter was able to attend the launch and sit with the astronaut's families to experience everything firsthand; it was an incredible opportunity for both of them. In later years, Sylvia also worked at Intermountain Health Care Behavioral Health; she held that position for five years before retiring fully.
Sylvia was a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints member and had many church callings over the decades. Her older children have strong memories of her unwavering service as Primary President at the Cottonwood 12th Ward in Salt Lake City and giving so much of her time and talents to that position. She had numerous other callings throughout. And before being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, she had served in a church library position in her Pleasant View Ward for eight years.
Her children and grandchildren have so many fond memories of her. She ensured that Christmas (and every holiday and birthday) was a memorable and idyllic time for her children and grandchildren. She greatly supported and loved her children and grandchildren and was incredibly proud of her family members’ accomplishments and talents. Her legacy will continue and is fueled by the family's memories of her which continue to right us all during a difficult time.
She was known for her scrumptious homemade pies, breads, pastries, brownies, rolls, and hand-crafted candies. Sylvia's goodies were world-class and the stuff of legends. She was also very talented and loved crafts and immersing herself in creative projects. She avidly participated in genealogy work and thoroughly enjoyed studying her family history.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister - Cheryl; her brothers - Scott and JE; and her oldest son - Michael Paul Day. She is survived by her husband, John W. Reynolds; her sisters - Cozette, Nancy (Roger), Lynda, and Kristy (Hank); her children - Michael Paul Day's surviving spouse, Kannika, Taunya (Jim), Aaron, Sarah, Sheryl (Bee), Kristina, and Lee; and her incredible grandchildren - Andrew (Rachelle), Jordan, Teak (Edie), Nathan, Willow, Tein, Jaxson, Mykol, Tane, Kaitlynn, Johnny, Emily, Jacob, Joshua, Elsa, Paxton, Anisley, James and Ollie; great-grandchild Oceana, and another baby girl due to arrive September 24, 2023.
We want to give extra thanks and heartfelt gratitude to: John, Sheryl and Bee's family, Mykol, and Kaitlynn for their ongoing support and oversight of Sylvia's care, and to all her caregivers and staff at Auberge.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's North Ogden Mortuary, 2140 N Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.
Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 N Monroe Blvd., Ogden.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Sylvia’s obituary page at www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.