Sylvia Alderson
Sylvia Alderson
  • September 3, 1930 - November 14, 2017
  • Winston Salem, North Carolina

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Sylvia Farrell Alderson of Taneytown, Maryland, formerly of Winston-Salem, died peacefully on November 14, 2017, at Lorien Healthcare. She was 87.
Born September 3, 1930, in High Point, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Robert Paul Farrell and Nellie Thomasson Farrell. Her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee, when Sylvia was three years old. She lived in Nashville for over forty years, raising three children with her husband, Bill Alderson Jr.
Sylvia graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in Nursing, and later earned a Master's in Nursing. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for ten years in Tennessee, Delaware, and New York.
In 1986, Sylvia and Bill moved to Winston-Salem, where Bill was the president of Old Salem Village. Sylvia was actively involved in the arts there. She was a member, and served a term as president, of Associated Artists of Winston-Salem. Sylvia's paintings and drawings can be seen on display in more than half a dozen states across the country. She was also very involved with the Reynolda House Museum, the Foothills Chamber Music Festival, and Arbor Acres Retirement Center.
In 2009, she moved to Maryland to be closer to family.
Sylvia was a member of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization, in both Winston-Salem and Westminster, Maryland. She was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church during her twenty-three years in Winston-Salem.
Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Alderson Jr., and her brother, Robert Paul Farrell Jr. She is survived by three children, William Thomas Alderson III of Nashville, Virginia Alderson Hoffman (Chris) of Corvallis, Montana, and Rebecca Alderson Zimmerman (Jay) of Westminster; grandchildren Crystal Hoffman Knox (Brad) of Helena, Montana, Matthew Hoffman (Meredith) of Lolo, Montana, and Kate Hoffman Ramage (Tom) of Kirkland, Washington, Kevin Zimmerman of Hampstead, Maryland, Colin Zimmerman of Belcamp, Maryland, and Holly Zimmerman of Westminster, Maryland as well as five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 19, at 2 pm at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, a committal will be held prior at Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem.
Memorial contributions may be made to Associated Artists of Winston-Salem or to Carroll County (Maryland) Hospice.