Sylvia Gay Holbrook

Sylvia Gay Holbrook, 69, of Ronda, conquered her battle with cholangiocarcinoma on Friday, June 3, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones. Sylvia was born Dec. 4, 1952, in Surry County to Luther and Esther Settle Holbrook.

Sylvia was a loving grandmother and nana. She was an avid gardener, baker and woodworker, and she also enjoyed photography and travel and was an animal lover. She was employed in the Cardiac unit at UNC Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her life partner of 13 years, Valarie Batten of Fuquay Varina; daughters, Jennifer Welborn and wife, Katie, of Ronda, Jessica Welborn and fiancée, Ginafer, of Ronda; goddaughter, Eve Nelson of Fuquay Varina; brothers, Frank Holbrook and wife, Brenda, of Kernersville, Jerry Holbrook and wife, Charlotte, of Yadkinville, Gale Holbrook and wife, Diane, of Ronda, Danny Holbrook and wife, Debbie, of Rockingham; sisters, Irene Collins of Elkin, Jane Wilmoth and husband, David, of Elkin, Annie Mae Moore and husband, Eddie, of Elkin; grandchildren, Ila Welborn, Jaxon Welborn, Camden Nelson; and several loving nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 6 p.m. at Elkin Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Tommy Dunaway officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:30-5:30 p.m. prior to service.

The family would like to thank Mountain Valley Hospice, Dr. Hines and the staff of Novant Cancer Institute.

In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 401 Technology Lane, Mt. Airy, N.C. 27030, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.

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Services entrusted to Elkin Funeral Service.

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