Sylvia Mae Heuby, 88, passed away on April 20, 2020 at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, IN. She was born December 6, 1931 in Vincennes, IN to Sylvia Mae and Arthur Robinson. After losing both parents, she was adopted and raised by her maternal grandparents, Annie V. Miller and Lewis Miller of Vincennes.
Sylvia graduated from Vincennes Lincoln High School in 1950. She married Jack Heuby, January 26, 1951, and they lived together in Vincennes for 24 years before relocating to Dugger, IN. Sylvia is survived by her husband and four children: Rhonda Miller (Steve) of Clinton, IN; Dave Heuby (Debbie) of Vincennes; Jeff Heuby (Karen) of Lyons, IN; and Todd Heuby (Kamie) of Dugger, IN. Twelve grandchildren and step-grandchildren: Shelley Baney (Jeremy), Aurora IN; Clint Miller, (Becky), Carmel, IN; Christy Pelzer (Fred), Douglasville, GA; Cody Heuby (Paula), Vincennes; Ian Van Deventer (Nici), Linton, IN; Tyler Van Deventer (Alexis), Switz Ciity, IN; Coy Heuby (Lasey), Odon, IN; Zachery Hale (Sitta), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Isaac Hale (Kindrah), Sullivan, IN; Caleb Hale (Casey), Linton, IN; Wynter Hale (Austin) Linton, IN; Shania Hale, Brownsburg, IN and twenty great-grandchildren also survive her. Two more great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild are on the way. A half sister, Barbara Hagan (George) of Evansville and several nieces and nephews also survive her. In addition to her parents, three sisters, Edna Branch, Anne Wilson, and Georgia Beltz predeceased Sylvia.
Sylvia worked as a telephone operator at Indiana Bell until her family began increasing. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and children roller-skating at Paradise Roller Rink while living in Vincennes. Her hobbies included reading, flower gardening, and sweatshirt decorating. She and Jack enjoyed retirement years with camping, fishing, traveling and visiting casinos.
Sylvia organized and conducted a fibromyalgia support group that met at the Sullivan County Community Hospital for several years. She was instrumental in Governor Frank O’Bannon proclaiming May 12 as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day in Indiana. Sylvia was recognized in the National Fibromyalgia Association magazine for her advocacy and work to promote awareness about fibromyalgia.
A graveside service and burial will be Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Bryan Sanders officiating at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes. Memorial Contributions may be made to The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc. at afsafund.org . Arrangements were entrusted to Newkirk’s Funeral Home in Dugger, In.
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