You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey. You'll never know dear, how much I love you...
  • 74 years old
  • Born on April 20, 1939 in Bronson, Michigan, United States.
  • Passed away on September 30, 2013 in Sturgis, Michigan, United States.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beautiful wife, loving mother, sister, grandma and friend.  We will remember her forever.

Her Obituary:

WELBORN (nee Kline), Sylvia Ann, 74, of Sturgis passed away on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Sylvia was born in Bronson, Michigan and grew up in Sturgis, Michigan. In 1966, while living in Omaha, Nebraska, she met and married her husband.   Thus began her life of travelling the world.  From Nebraska they moved to Virginia, then Okinawa, Japan and on to Oklahoma.  Next was Panama, and then California and finally to Germany.  

Retirement found them back in her hometown of Sturgis, to be near her Mom. With each new place, with each new culture, she was always quick to make friends and quick to be a friend.

Sylvia delighted in crafts, sewing, cake decorating and rubber-stamping and was extremely talented in all of the hobbies she pursued.  Another one of her favorite activities was singing.  At any given time, she could be found belting out smooth jazz while doing housework or driving.  She had a smile that lit up the room and had the biggest heart, always working to "keep the peace."   She would do anything for anyone at anytime and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, Larry Welborn Sr., and their three children; daughter Kristina (Bill) Virus of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and son Larry Welborn Jr. (Ann) of Sturgis, Michigan and daughter Melanie (Jon-Paul) Andrews of Burr Oak, Michigan.  As well as, her nine grandchildren; Blayne Virus, Amanda Wahl, Adam Welborn, Lydia Welborn, Whitley Ryan, Brooke Andrews, Kasey Andrews, Nathan Moore and John Andrews plus 3 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her brother Ken (Helen) Kline of Acworth, Georgia.  Her parents, Walter Kline Jr. and Catherine Kline, and her younger sister, Karen Sue “Susie” Remenap predeceased Sylvia.

She fought hard against her illnesses and she epitomized the word "trooper".  Her family thanks Heartland Hospice and Cecilia Boulanger for their loving assistance in caring for Sylvia during the last couple years of her life. 

Following her wishes, Sylvia has been cremated; and Fr. Alphonse Savarimuthu M.F.S.S. will conduct a Memorial Mass at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 402 South Nottawa Street, Sturgis, Michigan on Saturday October 12, at 12:00 PM.  Following will be a gathering at Holy Angels to share memories of Sylvia and food will be provided. 

Flowers may be directed to Holy Angels Church. 


Memorial Mass 

Where:   Holy Angels Catholic Church
                  402 South Nottawa Street
                  Sturgis, Michigan 
Date:       Saturday, October 12
Time:      12 PM

* gathering to follow service, with food provided, to share memories of Sylvia


Posted by Larry Welborn on 1st October 2017
Hello Honey Whats Your Name, We have had some perfect fall days. love,
Posted by Larry Welborn on 20th April 2017
Happy Birthday Sylvia, And you are still older than me! Love
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 18th December 2016
Usually before we go to church, our family stops and grabs a snack and drink. John's snack today was Good and Plenty. Made me think of my Mom for that was one of her favorites. She would have smiled ☺
Posted by Larry Welborn on 30th September 2016
Hello Dear I'm so pleased that we have this place to come to from time to time and remember the good things. Love
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 9th May 2016
Watching some of your movies; Ever After and Dear John. Something i think we would have done on Mother's Day.
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 20th April 2016
Well, mama, if you can see this, today would have been your 77th birthday. You are in a much better place now. At least once a week since you've been not living on this earth, I am reminded of you and your gentle ways. I could be in the middle of nothing in particular and a thought of you comes to my mind. It always brings a teary smile. I wish I would have told you more while you were here of how much I appreciate you. You are loved. You are missed. You are treasured. Give JESUS a hug for me <3
Posted by Larry Welborn on 14th February 2016
Well Dear it was 51 years ago today that we became engaged. Would you like a chocolate? Love you.
Posted by Phyllis Stonys on 15th November 2015
Sylvia, I still miss you and you are still in my prayers.
Posted by Kris Welborn-Virus on 1st October 2015
Today was the two year anniversary of your passing. Thought about you lots today and miss you even more!
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 10th May 2015
On Mother's Day 2015 (5.10.15), I am reminded of all the good memories I have of my Mom. The way she would make sure I would have trinkets or cards on special days. The way she would take care of me when I was sick. The way she would sing songs with me or play games with me. Her physical body is no longer, but her legacy lives on. Through Kristina's ability to make arts & crafts, through Larry's ability to have timely, gentle words and through my ability to encourage others to try new things. Through her sickness, she showed Dad how to be a care-giver and what it means to be selfless.
Posted by Dick & Roberta Hoehner on 21st April 2015
Sylvia, we are thinking about you on your birthday and so many other times...What wonderful memories we made, and great adventures we had - You truly are forever missed. Love, Dick and Roberta
Posted by Larry Welborn on 20th April 2015
Well Sylvia, I don't know if there is internet service in heaven, and if there is I don't think you would be messing with it since you would do all of your written communicating using an IBM Selectric. But on the off chance that you are poking around - Happy Birthday Kiddo! P.S. You are a year older than me.
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 20th April 2015
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You'll never know, dear, how much I love you..... You are gone from here, but not forgotten. You have touched all our lives. GOD give her a big hug for me please and a head massage, she loves those
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 24th September 2014
Soon it will be September 30, 2014. 1 year after her last request for food. 1 year after her last request to put a movie in for her. 1 year has past that I haven't freaked out in my mind that this could be "the call". 1 year since I've held her frail hand. 1 year after she graced us with her last smile. 1 year after I said my last good-bye. Oh so glad that she is no longer suffering. She was dying a very slow death and me having to watch her go through it without being able to do anything, but pray and hope. Pray is what I did. Then, it was time for her to go. Now I am left with pain that hits so unexpectedly and fiercely (like I had tonight). That kind of pain that takes your breath away because your heart is in your throat. Now I am left with thoughts on wishing I was a better daughter to her. Now I am left with emotions that overwhelm me at times. Now I am left with memories. Now I am left with time to reflect. Reflect on the bad, reflect on the good, reflect on what could have been. She was a loving, thoughtful mother. We didn't see eye-to-eye on many things, but unconditional love is what we shared. Now is what I am left with....til we meet again....
Posted by Kris Welborn-Virus on 20th April 2014
Today would have been her 75th birthday on Easter Day 2014. I miss her lots and I know that she would have loved having her birthday fall on a holiday and all the decorating that goes with it. We love you Mom!
Posted by Kris Welborn-Virus on 20th October 2013
I miss you so much! I know you are in a better place and that makes me feel better. I was just thinking about you lots lately and I am so glad to have had such a wonderful woman as my mom. Love you always! Love, Ribbitt, your Easter frog...
Posted by Diana Cappel on 13th October 2013
Dear Larry and family, I am so sorry to hear about Sylvia. I am sure she had a beautiful and loving service. Your family has always been close and that is a wonderful testament to your faith and family values. I am sure Sylvia and my mom will connect in heaven.
Posted by Sandi Sorrell on 9th October 2013
We will miss her clever, humorous Christmas letter that we have been receiving since !979. It's been a long time since Ft Amador in the Canal Zone but we have such fond memories of you all and the friendship we shared there as neighbors and friends. Please know that our family sends our love to you all. The Sorrells-Al, Sandi, Will and Melissa
Posted by Dave Rasbaugh on 5th October 2013
So sorry to hear about your loss, your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Dave & Diane Rasbaugh
Posted by Melanie Andrews on 4th October 2013
Kathleen Maddox wants to say, "what comes to mind are all the jazzercise, classes we took, the morning breakfasts we had at Mr. T's, the motorcycle rides we took along with the trips to Oak Glen & the hours of cards we played, you my good neighbor & friend will be missed by many"
Posted by Janet Somerville on 3rd October 2013
What a beautiful tribute to your mom! We were blessed to have met her. We remember her as a lovely lady with a gentle disposition, who would send out the most beautiful handmade cards. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all! Love Larry and Janet. XOXO
Posted by Whitley Ryan on 2nd October 2013
She was a wonderful grandmother and she will be missed. I wish I could have been there for her last days to tell her I love her and give her a hug. I love you grandma. Whitley

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