May 6, 1941 ~ May 20, 2010

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Sylvia Jean Riddle Huggins, 69, of Fairmont Ave., Asheville, died on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospitals. A native of Buncombe Co., Mrs. Huggins was a daughter of the late Glenn and Wilma Fox Riddle. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larry H. Huggins. Mrs. Huggins had retired as a beauty consultant for Liz Claiborne. She also recently earned her Associates Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Mrs. Huggins is survived by her son, James Robert "Jim" Stevens and wife Ronda; sisters, Vicki Currin, and Patricia Clark; brother, Bobby Riddle; and grandson, Zachary Stevens. A funeral service for Mrs. Huggins will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Her family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, 55 Shiloh Rd., Suite 6, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. Vicki, I am so sorry to hear of Sylvias death. I remember both of you when we were kids. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

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  2. I am deeply sorry to hear of Sylvia’s death.
    It was a complete shock to hear of it since we occasionally corresponed by email and I didn’t have a clue she was so seriously ill.
    I knew she had respitory problems but I didn’t know how bad her health really was.
    She was a lovely person and I hadn’t seen her since we were in school but I tried to call her to get together over lunch but we never were able to communicate other than by email.
    I didn’t have my computer on on Sat. and only found out about her death on Sunday after the funeral was over on Saturday.
    We will keep her family in our prayers and will meet her again in heaven someday.

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  3. In this moment of time of grace when GOD has chosen the time to take Sylvia away to HIS Heavenly Home. As Angels carried her across the Great Divide leaving her loved ones behind grieving, but carrying within our heart and soul a much better person because she came our way! I graduated from North Buncombe with Sylvia in 1959 and over the years ran into her a couple of times, knowing it was her as the sky would light up with her smile, and yes, that was Sylvia!I am a better person because she came into my life and for you she has left behind, you are blessed indeed because of this person that meant so much to so many people. I did not know about this until Harlon wrote and told me, and I am very saddened, but prayers will be said for her family until we all meet Sylvia again! Blanche Rice, Classmate 1959

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  4. I’m very sorry about Sylvia’s passing. We met a few times. I felt she and I were friends via the Internet. She always had comforting things to say. She spoke highly, and appreciative, of those around her. That was true about her dogs as well. It’s very admirable that she continued her pursuit of knowledge. My condolences to the family. I miss her.

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  5. Jim and Family, I am sorry to hear about your mother passing away, but I know you are comforted to know she no longer suffers here and is at peace now in Heaven above. We miss you at work and want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers, not just now but in the weeks and months ahead. Rely on God’s love, His strength, His comfort, and His faithfulness. Thank God for the wonderful memories that can’t be taken away from us.

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  6. We were neighbors across the street for the past 7 years and Sylvia was one of our first acquaintances in Asheville. She, Majic and Happy was always there to greet us in the summer as we escaped Florida heat. She was quite the lady and we learned to e-mail together. We sold this year and did not see her before we left but knew she was just a call away. Blessings upon her family who has lost a beautiful family member.

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  7. Sylvia was a loving and beautiful person. She was my sister and my friend. I know she has a new address in Heaven where she abides in the Light of our Lord Jesus. She walked with grace and Love and I will see her again in that great Light of God. Our family will miss her, as she prepares for the Wedding Feast of Jesus. We too will be preparing for His second coming. Our family loved you so much Sylvia, now you are one of our treasures in heaven.
    Your sister,
    Vickie

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  8. DEAR VICKIE,PATTY AND FAMILY.WE ONLY LEARNED OF SYLVIA GOING HOME TODAY,7-10-2010. YOU ARE IN OUR PRAYERS AND WE HOPE YOU KNOW YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE LIKE FAMILY TO BOTH OF US. MAY GOD BLESS AND BE WITH ALL OF YOU.WITH ALL OUR LOVE

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  9. .
    I always looked up to my sister, Sylvia, for when i was a little girl, she took great care of me, making sure my hair was properly braided and my buttons straight, along with all the many nurturing things that older sisters do.

    Sylvia was artistic, nonjudgmental, open-minded, and quick to forgive. She loved all types of music (especially classical) and she adored the poetry and music of Bob Dylan. Her faith was simple and sure… not a lot of frills, but crisp and pure as the living water that flows from God. She enjoyed life to the fullest and very much believed in miracles. Once someone asked her why she believed in God and her response was: ‘Why do you not believe in Him?’

    Before Sylvia passed away she told her son that she had seen Jesus and our mother in the hospital room with her. No doubt they were coming to carry her home to heaven where there is no suffering, sorrow, or pain.

    I look forward to that day when we meet again in heaven. But until then, we move forward with our grief, the condolence of dear friends, and the knowledge that God’s mercy is everlasting– fully persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate her from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39

    We appreciate the condolence of our many friends-my email address is prose@dnet.net (for those who might wish to contact me.)

    Patricia Gaddis-Clark

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