Sylvia Delores (Miller) Beale, 88, passed away at home on Thursday, February 25, 2021, due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. Sylvia was born in Cumberland, MD to parents James Clement Miller and Roberta Irene (Dorn) Miller. Sylvia was preceded in death by Richard Beale, her husband of over 64 years, in October 2018.
Sylvia, who loved classes and played sports in school, graduated from Allegany High School in Cumberland, MD in 1950, moving later that year to Lakeland, FL with her family. Sylvia was called upon by former Allegany classmate Dick Beale, while he was stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. They dated, and were married in February of 1954.
After Dick’s honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force in June of 1954, they returned to Cumberland, where Sylvia gave birth to daughter Vicki. They returned to Lakeland in 1955, where Sylvia began working at Peninsular Telephone Co., General Telephone, GTE, and then Verizon before retiring in December 1987. Sylvia then worked another five years at Publix corporate offices. Sylvia was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lakeland.
Sylvia is survived by her sister Sharon Miller, daughter Vicki Ogg (Tom), and son Rick Beale, all of Lakeland. Also survived by grandchildren Sharon Gelsinger (Rob), and David Ogg (Jen), and seven great-grandchildren. A very special thanks to Sylvia’s many caregivers, and Team Magnolia of Good Shepherd Hospice. Services for Sylvia will be limited to immediate family members. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.