of Batesville, AR
January 5, 1938 - February 21, 2021
Sylvia Rich Crosby, 83, of Batesville passed away Sunday, February 21, 2021.She was born January 5, 1938 in Forrest City, Arkansas to Walter Raleigh Rich and Stella Mae Rush Rich. Sylvia was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church; enjoyed singing in the choir at church and with The Community Choral Society. She enjoyed cooking for her family, sewing, and loved visiting her grandchildren here in the area as well as in Florida. Sylvia enjoyed watching movies and going out with her friends. She was a big fan of live music of all kinds especially, blues, jazz, and opera. She belonged to the Philanthropic Educational Organization and served on the board for both the White River Housing Authority and Old Independence Regional Museum. She often would volunteer her time at the museum and loved to mentor and shape the minds of young people.Survivors include her three daughters, Carol Crosby and Amanda Crosby Thomas both of Batesville, and Margaret Crosby Wells of Boca Raton, Florida; one sister, Carol Rich McQueen and her husband, Lee of West Memphis; and four grandchildren, Amanda Claire Thomas, Jackson Crosby Thomas, Osborne Keller Wells, and Bruce Carroll Wells.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyrus Keller Crosby; and sister, Margaret Rich Neely. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 15, 2021 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Old Independence Regional Museum 380 S 9th St, Batesville, AR 72501 or to the music program at St. Paul's Episcopal Church 424 E Main St, Batesville, AR 72501.
Blessings to all! So many memories of Sylvia surface, Mostly at St. Paul’s Church, and around Batesville, Arkansas. Especially vivid is Sylvia at choir party at Lim and Laura’s.
🙏🙏🙏🙏 for all the family.
My deepest condolences to Carol and family. Oh how I will miss Sylvia and her beautiful voice. The choirs will never be the same without her. But heaven's choir is a little sweeter with Sylvia.
Sylvia and Keller were the very first people we met when we decided to move to Batesville in 1998. Sylvia was always so kind and caring to our family. She will be missed! Sending our love and prayers to her family.
Carol and Family, We are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers.
Carol and family, your mom was awesome!I’ve ❤️‘d her (and ur dad) for a long time. My sympathy and 🙏 for all
Carol, we are so very sorry to learn of your loss. God bless you and all of your sister's familyduring this sad time.
You were a wonderful friend and will be dearly missed! My prayers are with the family.Joann cothrine
You will be missed my friend . Bobby and joann
Sylvia was such a treasure! Her smile would brighten anyone’s day. I’ve had the pleasure to not only sing with her but accompany her voice on several occasions. It was such an honor to me. I know the heavens are rejoicing with her voice. She was like a grandmother to me and she will be truly missed. My deepest condolences and prayers to her family.
SylvIA was a delightful person who brightened everyones lives. She will be missed. Sympathy to the family.
This family is a part of my life. I love them all and am so heartbroken for Sylvia's kids and grandchildren, especially my friend Carol. Prayers for all of you!
Mrs. Crosby will be missed by anyone that knew her. She was one of my favorite teachers and I only had a few! Love and prayers to her family.
Bill and I loved Sylvia. We have known her for years as we worked with her in school. She was a vibrant and always positive person. It was a pleasure knowing her. She will be missed by those who knew her. Rest In Peace, Sylvia
I know Sylvia will be greatly missed. She was a mentor to me growing up and I always admired her tremendously. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. She’ll be singing in the choir!
Her smile and warmth could light up a room! She will be greatly missed! Love and prayers to all her sweet daughters!
Mrs. Crosby (Sylvia) was one of my most favorite people that I had the wonderful opportunity to know. I am sorry for your Carol, Amanda and Margaret. Prayers
Sylvia volunteered within Old Independence Regional Museum for many years in a multitude ways: as a greeter to visitors, as a docent guide on tours, as a crafts guide at times, as a member of the gift shop committee, and as a member of its Board of Directors. She gave her talents to create marvelous encouraging quilt-angels for the gift shop, and to stitch accession numbers on cloth pieces in our collections. As a friend, she encouraged me in my museum work, never criticizing, and gave me her great gift of laughter. We loved her as a member of our little "Friday Lunch Group", sharing food and thoughts. I thank God for her.
My sincerest condolences to your family. It was a pleasure serving on the White River Housing Authority Board with Sylvia. Praying for you all.
Sylvia & I went to highschool together in the early 50’s. Two things I remember about her was how beautiful she could sing & how smart she was. My grandmother lived about 1 block from her house. Can’t imagine how much she will be missed by family & friends. Prayers for her family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️
She will be missed by anyone that knew her. Wonderful family. Love you all!
Sylvia & I were in high school together in Forrest City Ar. The first thing I remember about her was how Beautiful she could sing & how smart she was ❤️ My grandmother lived down the street from her.
I am so sorry for losing Sylvia. She was a very kind person, an awesome teacher, and great member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. My sympathy and prayers for her family.
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Matthew 5:4
My sister Ann, my mother Paula and myself are saddened to learn of the passing of an amazing and beautiful lady, Mrs. Sylvia Crosby. She was such a part of my childhood in Batesville, as my 5th grade home room teacher as well as my music teacher. She was also someone I greatly looked up to at St Paul’s. Every Sunday she would wink at me as she sang during the procession before and after services. Her beauty and smile could light up any room, chase clouds away on a rainy day. I am so blessed to have had such a mentor in my life. Sylvia raised three amazing, and smart daughters. I know Sylvia is in heaven singing in the choir smiling down on us with that mischievous grin! Crosby girls, please know Batesville and anyone that had the joy and blessing of knowing your momma pray and send love for you and your family.
We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers.
My deepest condolences for the family. Sylvia was a beautiful lady and loved by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Love, Randy, Margie and Lauren. ❤️
Much love and sympathy for the passing of a wonderful lady. You will be sorely missed, Sylvie.
I love you Aunt Sylvia❤️
I'm going to miss your wisdom and most of all your wit. You were always a shoulder to cry on and were always able to cheer me up and help me see the positive in everything and everyone. I wish I could have had you longer to help give advice for the boys through their early adulthood. I love you and will miss you very much.
In our thoughts and prayers
I met Sylvia when she visited Margaret and her family in Florida. We had some great dinners together! She was a kind, sweet lady and I'm sure she will forever be missed. My deepest condolences to the family and may the Holy Spirit comfort you and give you a peace that surpasses all understanding at this time.
Beautiful bonus Momma to many of us! God Bless and lots of Love!!
I knew Sylvia in high school and she was ALWAYS so nice and friendly to me as a new girl in school in the tenth grade -- that was very important in my life. I am so sorry to learn of her death and will pray for peace and comfort for the family she left behind.
I am so sorry to hear about Sylvia. My thoughts and prayers are with each of your families.
I loved Ms. Sylvia. I remember her working with all the children when I went to St. Paul’s. She helped with the Christmas play too. Then when we got older she lead the church choir. I always got a big hug from her when I saw her out and about in town. I will miss her big smile and her hugs. What a precious lady. She will be missed by many. Praying for the family.
My deepest condolences to family and friends. Sylvia was such a blessing and instrumental in shaping lives, sharing love and bringing joy to so many.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ❤️🙏.
I have fond memories when she and Keller would come to dinner at my parent’s home. Sylvia was genuinely a kind and lovely person.
Carol, and family, I have you in my prayers. Wishing you comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Sylvia was always a sweet friend. In earlier years, we worked together in clubs....and during later times, she lit up my antique shop with her smile and fun......she was always a joy to be around ..... Sylvia was kind and helpful to those who needed her whatever the task. She will be missed by many.
Sylvia and I grew up together in Forrest City , AR. She was a delightful, smart and energetic person. I will miss her.
Mrs. Crosby was a good teacher! She was always kind and genuinely loved Arkansas History n made her students love it too!
Amanda, I am soooo sooo very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. She will truly be missed.
Amanda and Family,We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.In Christ,Mark & Laura
Sylvia was a wonderful friend and teacher. She was so welcoming and supportive to me as a new teacher. I’ll forever be thankful for her warmth and compassion. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sylvia and I had been friends since we were toddlers. My prayers go out to the family and friends. I know she will be missed by all. I had just talked to her a couple of weeks ago. She would catch me up on all her family and the Forrest City news. She is finally well again and with Keller and MargaretSincerely,Jeannine Harmon Hamilton
Sylvia was an awesome teacher, mentor, and friend. Carol, Amanda, and Margaret, you and your families are in my prayers.
Wonderful lady. Sylvia gave me a piecrust recipe probably in the late 60s early 70s I always use that anytime there’s a pie crust to be made. Prayers for the family.
St. Paul’s Church will not be the same with my sweet friend. Sylvia was one of those people who enrich our lives for having known them. I will miss her greatly. RIP, Aunt Syl!!!
Beautiful person and fond memories singing with her in the church choir.
We will surely miss your lonely voice and smile.