Brenda Sylvester, resident of Katy (Houston), Texas, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, after a long battle with cancer. She was 56.
Prior to moving to Houston in 2009, she and her husband Randall lived in Ponca City for 32 years and was a member at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
The service was held at 2 pm on Friday, April 13th, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Ponca City with the Rev. Dr. Robert Montgomery, associate pastor, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Trout Funeral Home and Crematory.
Brenda was born July 30, 1955 to Gerald Hill and Anna Strader Hill in Wellington, Kansas. She began school in Wellington and moved to Plains with her family where she graduated from Southwestern Heights High school in Kismet-Pains. After attending Dodge City Community College her freshmen year, she transferred to Kansas State University where she completed a degree in music education.
She was married to Randall Sylvester on January 1, 1978 in Plains, after which they moved to Ponca City to begin their careers.
She was involved in music from an early age. She began giving piano lessons at age 14 and continued to teach until her health forced her to stop. She loved to be involved in musical performances which began while in high school with her church’s youth praise band, “Creation”. She taught music in the Ponca City school system for 15 years before opening her own piano studio, Digital Dimensions. She taught group piano lessons and is remembered for her recitals with more than 30 students playing in an orchestra of pianos. She will also be remembered as an avid fan of KSU sports.
She is survived by her husband, Randall, of Katy, Texas; their three children, daughter Erin Sylvester of Nashville, Tennessee, son Blake Sylvester and wife Haley and grandson Cash of Stillwater and son Evan Sylvester of Stillwater; parents, Gerald and Anna Hill of Plains; sister Debbie and husband Jack and daughter Lauren; sister Kathy and husband Curtis and children Gentry and Kayley Slocum, Alisha and Matt Esarey, Stetson and Bailey Haynes; brother Jeff and wife Kristi; mother-in-law, Rosalie Sylvester; brother-in-law James Sylvester and wife Debbie and children Katie Sylvester, Laura and Jeff Hamilton and David and Kara Sylvester; and brother-in-law Alan Sylvester and wife Sharon.
She was preceded in death by cousins, Edmund Hill and James Strader II; uncles, Kenny Strader, Jim Strader, Carl Strader and Rober Strader; grandparents, Roy and Willma Hill and Russell and Zelma Strada; and father-in-law, Everett Sylvester.