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84, of Tampa, FL and formerly of Tarpon Springs, FL, passed away on September 25, 2020. Born in Fairmount, IN, she graduated from Bryan High School in Ohio in 1954. She married Herbert H. Salsbury in August, 1955 and together they raised their three children in Napoleon, OH, where she worked as a legal secretary.

She received her BA in English Literature and Writing from the University of Toledo in 1989. While there she worked at the UT Writing Center as a tutor. She was an honor society member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key and a member of the University of Toledo Alumni Association. 

As a freelance children’s writer, Sylvia was a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and hosted SCBWI writing critique groups. She was a Friend of the Unitarian Church of Tarpon Springs and enjoyed volunteering with the Shepherd Center and Meals on Wheels.

Sylvia’s contagious smile, warm sense of humor and genuine kindness will long be remembered by the family and friends who were all precious to her. 

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 65 years, Herbert H. Salsbury. Her spirit will be carried on by her 3 children, Deborah Salsbury Dietrick (John), Scott A. Salsbury (Rebecca), and William Gale Salsbury (Lori); a sister, Margaret Hume; 6 grandchildren, Allison Salsbury Beckwith (Arthur), Chase Quinn Salsbury (Lauren), Aubrey Salsbury Clark (Daniel), Mary Beth Dietrick, David Allen Dietrick and Zachery Dawson; and two great grandsons, Arthur Beckwith and Avery Beckwith. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in Sylvia’s name to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W  Azeele St. Suite 120, Tampa FL, 33609


  • Virginia Collins, a friend of Peggy’s!🌹🙏❤️ October 1, 2020 12:43 pm

    My sincerest sympathies to Sylvia’s family. I never had the privilege of meeting her, but feel like I have known her forever through her sister, Margaret Peggy Hume. Peggy shared many wonderful stories of Sylvia and Wilma with us. What an accomplished woman she was and what a wonderful love she shared with her husband and family. She will be sadly missed by you all but will be very fondly remembered by all who knew her. God Bless you Suylvia and may you Rest in Peace

    • Debbie Salsbury Dietrick October 2, 2020 9:44 am

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Amanda Hus October 1, 2020 1:17 pm

    A truly amazing woman.
    I’m so glad I got to meet her & experience her joy first hand.
    Love & hugs to the entire family.

    • Debbie Salsbury Dietrick October 2, 2020 9:45 am

      Thank you for your kind words. Love you Amanda!

  • Anonymous October 1, 2020 2:15 pm

    So sorry for your loss Debbi! You are the best daughter ever and I know she loved you more than words could express !
    mmyheart goes out to you and your entire family during this difficult time ❤️🙏🏼

    • Debbie Salsbury Dietrick October 2, 2020 9:46 am

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Anonymous October 1, 2020 5:53 pm

    Love and blessings to all. I have many precious memories of Sylvia and family. Too much distance between us for many years.

    • Debbie Salsbury Dietrick October 2, 2020 9:47 am

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Anonymous October 2, 2020 6:45 am

    What a beautiful life she lived. My sincere condolences to you and your family. 💕

    • Debbie Salsbury Dietrick October 2, 2020 9:48 am

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • Jackie October 2, 2020 1:16 pm

    To a very specail lady it was an honor to care for you No matter how you felted you always have a beautiful smile and joke to share .I was there to help you feel better but you turn it around and put smile on my face We traveled down your bumpy road together then Mr Salsbury join our team .I will truly miss our laughs ,hugs and you saying to me your washcloth was hot when I give it to you to wash your face .Rest well my sweet lady I will still keep Mr Salisbury laughing and smiling for you my love to you always.

  • Carolyn George October 4, 2020 4:23 pm

    Thinking of your Dad and your family during this difficult time. You have been the daughter every mother dreams of having and I know you have served with love and compassion…..Your mother and father and Bob and I had many fun times together….Of course Sylvia and I did most of the talking as both Herb and Bob were a bit on the quiet side…Praying for your strength, wisdom and peace as your life journey takes a different turn. Take care of yourself Debbie….

  • September October 17, 2020 10:57 am

    Although I did not know your mother I do know that she inspired you Debbie and her spirit lives strongly in you.
    Please share with your family my condolences

  • Lenore Ventura October 25, 2020 7:10 am

    Debbie, I just read of your Mom’s passing last month. Sending deepest sympathy to you and your family. I’ll always remember her warmth and sincerity— and that smile! ❤️

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