Ila M. Sylce, 90, a Burke Hollow resident, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born Oct. 3, 1915, in Eden, Vt., she was the daughter of the late Mahlon and Eva (Sullivan) Deblois. She moved to Burke Hollow at the age of 2 and spent the rest of her life there. She married Bernard A. Sylce, and enjoyed crafts which included sewing, needlework and dolls. She was very ingenious in all her crafts.

Ila was a member of the Burke Hollow Meeting House. She was interested in the well-being of others and sent many cards of concern to help cheer and show that she cared. Her family was very important to her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Ila made many contributions to the Burke Hollow Meeting House as well as assisting her husband in the cleaning of it for many years.

Ila is survived by her son, Mike Sylce and his companion Sue; daughters, Judy Gorham, and Vicki Brooks and her husband Bob; three grandsons, Chris and Josh Sylce, and Steve Brooks; four great-grandchildren, Kelly, Andy, Ryan and Aiden Brooks; a sister, Marjorie Blake and her husband Clifton; a sister-in-law, Dorcas O'Neil; and many special nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Harold Deblois; and a sister, Irene Wilkie.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

The family requests memorial contributions be made in Ila's name to the Bernie Sylce Memorial Fund, 212 School St., West Burke, VT 05871.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Pearsons Funeral Home, located at 70 Church St., Lyndonville.

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