Methuen — Barbara (Broadhurst) Sylvia, 73, of Methuen passed away Saturday, December 21, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. She was born in Methuen, daughter of the late Raymond and Violet (Morin) Broadhurst. Barbara was a lifelong resident of Methuen and a graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lawrence. She was a devoted wife and mother and spent her time at home taking care of her family. Barbara enjoyed her birds, crossword puzzles, but most of all, going out to eat with her sisters and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years, Donald Sylvia, and is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Giroux and her companion, Ron Arsenault of Newton, N.H.; a son, Mark Sylvia and his wife, Karen of Methuen; sisters, Carol Richard and her husband, Raymond of Haverhill, Janice Leyland of Haverhill, Patricia Broadhurst of North Andover; grandchildren, Courtney Giroux, Ashley Giroux, Alexander Sylvia, Gabrielle Sylvia; a great-grandson, Ryan Forgue; many nieces and nephews; and she was also predeceased by her brother, Raymond Broadhurst Jr. and a granddaughter, Michele Giroux.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Friday, December 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, December 28, at 11 a.m. at St Monica's Church in Methuen with burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, also in Methuen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Barbara's honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Online condolences may be made at www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Pollard Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sylvia family through this difficult time.