Sylvia Victoria Bastian Samuel

Funeral services for Sylvia Victoria Bastian Samuel, 81, Lawrence will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Graveside will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Sylvia was born December 18, 1933 in St. John, Virgin Islands the daughter of Albert and Irine Stephens Bastian.

She lived in Lawrence since 1972 after moving here from Topeka.

She was a homemaker.

She married Rehelio A. Samuel on November 8, 1958 in New York, NY. He preceded her in death May 11, 2014.

Survivors include one daughter, Renita Samuel, Long Beach, CA; three sons, Albert Samuel, New York State, Nino Samuel, Atlanta, GA, Frederico Samuel, Lawrence; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sylvia Hoss-Samuel on May 30, 2012; and son, Joseph Samuel in May 1989.

The family will greet friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the mortuary.

Any love gifts may be made out to Renita Samuel and sent in care of the mortuary.


8 Condolences

  1. Karen Georgeson Burk on January 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    My heart goes out to you, Renita. Memories of your mother and your entire family bring a smile to my face. Praying for you, my friend, and know that you and your sweet mother are loved.

  2. Ana Reynoso on January 6, 2015 at 2:30 am

    Losing your Dad and Mom the same year is very hard, praying for all the family but know God never gives you nothing you can’t handle and we will be there to remind you how much you are all loved! Annie Reynoso

  3. Dr. Charlene Roesner on January 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Dear Nino & Samuel family,
    Mr. Roesner & I taught at Marymount College,Salina where you were part of our MC family. My prayers are with you. Charlene Roesner

  4. Will & Joan M. Spann on January 7, 2015 at 10:05 am

    To the family of Sylvia V. Samuel

    Who among us does not know
    The bittersweetness of death
    Ohhh, the bitter taste of losing, one loved by us
    To the pain and finality of death
    Or the sweet taste of releasing, one loved by us
    To the painless and sweet joys of everlasting life

    To all who come out of love, honor, admiration, grief or respect
    Grant, O Lord, that they may know
    The great and loving grace of God
    Made known to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    For it is here, at this hour
    With peace to comfort you
    Power to strengthen you
    And divine insight
    To help you celebrate
    Yes, with joy and thanksgiving
    The blessed homegoing of Sylvia Victoria Bastian Samuel

    Respectfully submitted
    Will & Joan Spann

  5. R.W. and Betty Scribner on January 8, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    To the family of our our neighbor, Sylvia Samuel:
    We are so sorry we cannot be with you this week. Sylvia was the first person to welcome us to the neighborhood 40 years ago. She was the first person ever to ask me if I knew Christ as my Savior and that was the beginning of many good spiritual discussions over the years. She was so excited about the Lord. She had so much humor and taught me so much about life next door to the Samuel family, such as: the only good thing to eat has to be “barbeque;” the best way to go through life is to “laugh;” when you need help, call “Ray and Sylvia;” want to go to a great party? “get invited to the Samuel parties;” who had the best kids on the block, “the Samuel family.” We had so many conversations where I went away uplifted and ready to take on life again. Her life turned me into a believer of how black is white and white is black – I loved it. To all of you: Please know that I feel like I know each of you because she talked about you often, often – I am so sad at the loss of my two best neighbor friends in the world this past year. With tears and prayers for each of you as you travel on in life. May God go with you – that is how your dad and mother would want it. Love to each of you. R.W. and Betty Scribner and Lisa Scribner Winkler

  6. Dawn Brady on January 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Rest in Peace Aunt Sylvia. …My Condolences goes out to my cousins on the lost of your mom

  7. Teresa A. Bynes on January 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    My prayer and sincere heartfelt condolences to Ms. Dawn Brady in the passing her auntie. Remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. Always looking to the hills form wrench cometh ALL your help and strength …… Bynes

  8. Barbara Lewis, Las Vegas, NV on September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Renita, Nino and family. I have just been able to actually sit and write a condolence. My husband Al Lewis talked with you Renita after your mother died. It was heart breaking. She kept me posted on her progress. I spoke with her up until about a week or so before her death. She had been so instrumental in our lives for over 30 years. Al officiated your brother Joe’s funeral in Las Vegas. I met you some years ago and have know Nino and his family for a long period of time. Sylvia was a beautiful woman inside and out. She certainly inspired myself and Al. I loved her spirit and if she needed to say something she would (smile) We visited she and Mr. Samuel a couple of times in Lawrence. Blessings to you all . Barbara and Al Lewis, Las Vegas, NV

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