Mrs. Sylvia R. Gaynor was born in St. Ann, Jamaica, West Indies to Joseph and Louisa Campbell. She accepted Christ as her Savior and Lord at an early age and was baptized.
Sylvia received her early education in Jamaica and taught the primary class at the Ecclestion Elementary School in St. Ann, Jamaica.
Mrs. Gaynor came to the United States in September, 1952, and joined Peoples Baptist Church in 1953. She was united in marriage by the Rev. Dr. Richard M. Owens in December, 1955, to the late John Gaynor. Sylvia has two sons Errol G. Graham and Joseph A. Campbell.
Sister Gaynor served with many groups and organizations in the Church. She worked with the Young Adults under the leadership of Rev. Conley Hughes; sang in the various choirs; and was a member and secretary of the Trustee ministry for over fifteen years and she was the leader of the Bereavement Hospitality Ministry.
On coming to Boston, Sylvia obtained employment with the B.F. Goodrich Co. of Watertown, MA where she worked for many years.
During this time she attended the Roxbury Evening Commercial High School where she took up typing and office practice. Sylvia later graduated from the Cambridge School of Business and received her diploma in Business and Finance in 1961. She went to work for State Street Bank and Trust Co. and remained with them for twenty-seven years, during which time she held many positions, including secretary and coordinator in the Visa department. After twenty-seven years of service with the bank, Sylvia took an early retirement in 1988.
Sister Gaynor enjoyed reading, gardening and cooking.
The Gaynor family is deeply gratful for your generous support, encouraging words, thoughts and prayers during our beloved Sylvia's years of declining health and our season of grief.
The Gaynor, Campbell and Graham Families.