Sylvia Aloyce Wankan Barlow Greenwood passed away April 5, 2014, in Denton, TX. She had been a resident of Lake Forest Good Samaritan Village in Denton, living independently, for the past ten years. She was born May 25, 1917, to Joseph Benjamin Wankan and Irma Vica Cochran in Haskell, TX. She lived in Lawton, OK , and Gainesville, TX, before moving to Denton in 1932. She was a graduate of Denton High School, Texas State College for Women with a degree in elementary education, and North Texas State College with a Master's degree in education administration and supervision.
She married C. Hood Barlow on July 2, 1939, in Denton. A great partnership formed when Hood and Sylvia owned and managed Barlow's Cafe in Denton until 1974. Hood passed away in 1978 after a long illness.
Sylvia was also a career teacher for 29 years, teaching her first year in Port Arthur, TX, and the remainder in Denton at Stonewall Jackson Elementary and North Texas Laboratory School, where she trained student teachers and did demonstration teaching on closed-circuit television for the North Texas Education Department. She finished her teaching career at Ginnings Elementary in 1978.
A Hallmark of her career was her Denton County history and geography study units which culminated in touring the entire county with her students. Sylvia was honored by being named Teacher of the Year in 1975-76. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society and the Denton Area Retired Teachers Association, where she served on the telephone committee for many years.
Sylvia married Fred Greenwood of Gainesville, TX, March 16, 1980, in Denton. She and Fred enjoyed family activities, traveling, entertaining, and volunteering in the church. Fred passed away in 1997. Sylvia and Fred had 17 wonderful years together.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Denton for 82 years. During that time, she was a member of the Bungalow Class and organized trips for the Trippers and headed up the Hopkins Lectures in the 90's.
Sylvia had many hobbies: reading, sewing, making ceramics, giving book reviews, attending musicals at Casa Manana and the Campus Theater, and being a loving matriarch of her family.
In addition to her parents and two loving husbands, she is preceded in death by her sister, Irma Joe Wankan Rice; a son-in-law, Richard Gibson; a great-granddaughter, Janelle Marie Gibson; and a son-in-law, Terry Herrmann.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Barlow Warnack, husband Cleolen of Sanger; their son, Bret Barlow Warnack, wife Jennifer; their children, Brynn Ann and Bryce Carson.
Sylvia is also survived by her daughter, Jan Gibson Provancha and husband, Ed; Jan's son, Lance Richard Gibson and wife Sherry of Ponder, and their son, Blake Richard Gibson and a special great-niece, Harley Johnson; Jan's son Scott Turner Gibson and wife, Jodie of Ponder; and their children, William Richard, Robert Andrew, Isaac Luke, and Lillian Katherine.
Sylvia is also survived by her nephews, Joe Byron Rice; Claxton Barlow and wife, Rosario; Harvey Barlow and wife, Tess; and her nieces, Barbara Rice Harper, Ela Barlow MacDowell; Delta Morgan Walton; Zenobia Barlow; and Patricia Avis Feagan and husband, Gary;
Sylvia was fortunate to have two families. She is also survived by Fred Greenwood's daughter, Fredda Greenwood Bunyard and husband, Wayne of Gainesville; their son, Gary and his son, Patrick; and their daughter, Sherree Bunyard.
She is also survived by Fred Greenwood's daughter, Ginger Greenwood Herrmann; her son Marty Herrmann, his daughters, Whitney Helton and husband, Khris, and Campbell Hy and husband, Bryce; daughter, Jana Portales and husband, Larry; and daughter, Laura Salazar and her son, Mason.
Sylvia benefitted from outstanding care throughout the years. Three caregivers who are responsible for improving the quality of her life were Donna Porter Burton, Nina Blackstone, and Janet Ross Reed.
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 11, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.at First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust, Denton, in the sanctuary, with a reception to follow. A private family burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Locust, Denton, TX 76201, or the Denton Public School Foundation, Attn: Jackie Jackson, 1307 North Locust, Denton, TX 76201.
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