Sylvena Foster affectionately called "Silly/Old Lady/Bertabutt" was born on August 26, 1946 to Imogene Foster and Richard Parker in Burnt Savanah, St. Elizabeth Jamaica West Indies. She attended Burnt Savanah Primary, unfortunately circumstances beyond her control prevented her from furthering her education. This didn't detrail her, because her drive to succeed resulted in her owning her own little cook shop. Her jerk pork and fried chicken was one of a kind. Whenever she visited family and friends their request was always her jerk pork or her famous fry chicken. A motto we learned, through sharing stories is that Sylvena did not let anyone go hungry. Her food was food for the soul.
Sylvena's love for the lord resulted in her being saved at a young age. She was a member of Burnt Savanah Pentecostal church where she was a part of the choir and an Evangelist. She was very active in fundraising and other ministries that allows her to grow within the church.
Sylvena migrated to the United States in 2000 to be with two of her sons, Steve and Andrew. Upon arrival, she found work as a homecare aid. She worked as a homecare aid until her time of retirement. In the mist of living in the United States she acquired a new church home in New York, called Garden of Prayer for all Nations, there she continued to grow her faith and love for the Lord.
Wanting to enjoy her retirement and migrate to a warmer climate, Sylvena's moved to Atlanta to be with her son Steve and Audrey. Continuing in her faithful journey and love for the Lord, Sylvena found a new church home, Channel of Blessings Outreach Apostolic Ministry. Struggles in her life with diabetes and renal kidney failure led her to live in Rosemont Stone Mountain Nursing Home after loosing her left leg.
Sylvena Foster fought long and hard to stay with her family, but sadly she departed this earth to be with her blessed Lord and our Saviour on February 28, 2021. She leaves to mourn her five sons Grandville, Milton, Steve, Shion, and Andrew, twenty-four grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren, two honorary daughter's Dionne, and Janet, stepmother Marietta Parker, seven sisters, Verona, Datsie, Alison, Marcia, Dawn, Holly, and Charm, four brothers Nerphey, Reginald, Tony and Mark, neices, nephews, uncles, aunts, daughters in law and a host of other relatives and friends.
Sylvena's jovial spirit will be greatly missed. Whomever she comes in contact with, she often left a lasting impression. In the words of her son Grandville "Silly, was the best mother the world ever saw, and she will be greatly missed ".
Now sleep on, Beloved, sleep and take your rest we love you well but Jesus Loved you best.
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