On Wednesday, June 30,2021, Sylvia Elaine Leftwich transitioned from labor to reward and claimed her place in heaven to be in the loving arms of our Lord. Her passing marks the beginning of an eternity of blessings.
Sylvia was born on November 8, 1952 to Earl D. and Dolores Ray in Sandersville, GA; both preceded her in death. When she was an infant, her big sister Dorothy excitedly and affectionately named her Baby Doll, and this would be her moniker from that moment forward. At the age of two, her mother chose to relocate her and her three siblings up north to New Jersey.
Sylvia attended Trenton public schools and graduated with the Class of 1970 from Trenton High School. In her professional life she worked at AT&T, Educational Testing Service, Jefferson Hospital and various New Jersey State positions. Her job titles included administrative assistant, and medical biller and coder.
Sylvia possessed a beautiful spirit, a vibrant personality and had a zest for life. She took great pride in her appearance by wearing stylish clothing, fabulous high-heeled shoes, and trendy accessories; her face was beat and her hair was chic. While looking fabulous, she enjoyed spending time with friends and family attending concerts, plays and gatherings. One of her preferred past times was attending church and telling people about the goodness of Jesus Christ. Sylvia was a long-time member of Holy Cross Church of Trenton, where she began worshipping with her beloved mother.
Her greatest accomplishment is her legacy, her darling daughter Tiffany Nicole. Sylvia was most proud of the little girl that she guided into womanhood. As the years progressed, their bond and their friendship flourished; during their time together, they often shopped, dinned, laughed and made magical memories. Sylvia cherished their special relationship and enjoyed motherhood immensely.
Sylvia was blessed to meet and marry her soulmate and best friend Lonnie Leftwich; their bond was strong and unbreakable. Through this union, her family and friend circle expanded and her heart was filled. They enjoyed marital bliss for 20 years. Sylvia and Lonnie shared affection, tenderness and laughter, they loved to play spades, watch television and movies together, but what they loved most was each other.
Predeceased in death by her parents, Earl D. and Dolores Ray, her brothers James Ray and Sultan Rashid, her sister Dorothy Basnight and uncle Alton James.
Sylvia leaves to cherish her precious memory: her husband Lonnie Leftwich of Mt. Ephraim, NJ, daughter Tiffany Ray of Hanover, MD, Stepdaughters Saleen Anderson of Sicklerville, NJ, Karen Leftwich of Camden, NJ, Lonnie Cuff of Atco, NJ, her brothers Ernest Ray of Morrisville, PA, Ralph Ray of Trenton, NJ, Earl (Linda) Ray and Gary (Lynn) Ray of Sandersville, GA and in-laws Santina Upshaw (Lorenzo) of Deland, FL, Lisa Wilson (Shawn) of Williamstown, NJ, Clarence Raines of Camden, NJ, Morris Broadway of Sicklerville, NJ, Troy Broadway of Sicklerville, NJ, Santina Lee of Sicklerville, NJ, Christina Law (Shateera) of Camden, NJ, uncle Robert (Cindy) James of Virgina Beach, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Funeral service will be 12pm Friday July 9, 2021 at New Holly Cross Church of Christ, 500 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ 08609. Calling hour will be 11am until the time of service. Interment will be at Ewing Cemetery, Ewing, NJ.
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