Sylvia Reid

March 17, 1930 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Sylvia Reid Obituary

Sylvia Reid, 93, of Brookeville, Md., died peacefully at her home on December 17, 2023, after a two -year illness.

Sylvia was born in Istanbul, Turkey on March 17, 1930. She met her husband, Thomas Reid, in Istanbul while he was stationed there with the US Air Force. They were married for 50 years and had two children, Audrey and Michael and two grandchildren, Christopher and Katie. Sylvia was very proud of the academic achievements of her children and grandchildren.

Sylvia became a nurse in Istanbul, Turkey, having admired Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Once settling in the US, her love of nursing motivated her to become a US board-certified nurse, despite having had to overcome multiple challenges. She practiced at Bethesda Navel Hospital (now Walter Reed Hospital) and then at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Md (now Medstar Montgomery Hospital).

In addition to nursing, Sylvia loved gardening, cooking, sewing and knitting. She and Tom grew a variety of vegetables for many years that they shared with family and friends. She even grew tomatoes, green peppers and herbs this past summer. She prepared a variety of delicious meals that many enjoyed, but her mediterranean dishes were the most coveted. She was also a very talented seamstress and knitter, creating clothes without patterns. Her greatest achievement was sewing a beautifully intricate wedding dress for her daughter, Audrey.   

Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Reid and two sisters, Alice Hasmelek and Janet Derouen. She is survived by her daughter Audrey Thomas and her son-in-law Nigel Thomas, her son Michael Reid, her grandchildren Christopher and Katie Thomas, her sister Yugaper Ceker, two nieces Umit Ceker and Irene Derouen and two nephews Atilla Ceker and Aaron Derouen.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sylvia may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Relatives and friends may attend a graveside burial service for Sylvia at Arlington National Cemetery on February 15, 2024, at 2:00 pm.

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Graveside Service
February 15, 2024

2:00 PM
Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA 22211


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