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SOUTH MONTROSE, Pa. - Sylvia Louise (Hobbs) Secord, 90, of South Montrose, Pennsylvania, formerly of Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Jan. 31, 2018, at Gracious Living Estates.
She was born July 14, 1927, to the late Leon B. and Lena Hazel (Snyder) Hobbs in Owego. The family later moved to Oneonta, where she attended and graduated from Oneonta High School. She attended Broome Community College and was employed by the Broome County Office of Aging and Columbia Mutual before she retired.
Sylvia raised her five children in Binghamton. In the summer months, her family frequently visited her parents' vacation home in Cape Vincent where they made many happy memories in the Thousand Islands region.
In 2002, she moved back to Oneonta to be closer to her sisters who all resided in the area. They shopped, lunched and played cards together each week, enjoying each other's company in their later years.
Sylvia liked to watch financial news and kept a careful eye on the stock market. She loved scratch-off lottery tickets and making occasional trips to the casino to play the slot machines and often came home a winner.
Sylvia loved her family and appreciated their visits and phone calls. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Edward (Margie) Secord of Cary, North Carolina, Cindy Secord of Harpursville, Susan Secord of Cary, North Carolina, Richard (Staci) Secord of Hallstead, Pennsylvania; sister, Audrey Smith; brother, Leon Hobbs; grandchildren, Shaunalynn (Ian) White of Port Dickinson, Melisa (Aaron) Leach of Glen Aubrey, Joshua Williams of Kirkwood, Skylar Secord of Hallstead Pennsylvania, Victoria Secord of Cary, North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Justin, Travis, Kolton and Blake White, Emilyn and Abel Leach; step-grandson, Vincent Pratama; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Diane Winfield.
She was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Edward J. Secord; longtime companion, Chandler Graham; son, Timothy Jon Secord; grandson, Christopher Secord; brother, Kenneth Hobbs; sisters, Mildred Hodges, Christine Malloy and Patricia Ploutz.
Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, before services at Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, at Bookhout Funeral Home.
Interment will be at a later date in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sylvia's name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Dr., Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573, or online at www.lls.org.
To light a candle or send an online condolence, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on February 4, 2018
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