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Sylvia Roth

Sylvia Roth (born April 2, 1925) went Home to Baba on Silence Day, July 10, 2011, at 9:30 PM, in Myrtle Beach, SC. She passed peacefully, with family at her side. Sylvia, a widow, was the mother of Louise Roth Garnant and Dick Roth.

A memorial gathering was held on Saturday, August 13, at the Shrine Club in Myrtle Beach, where Baba himself went in 1958 to view a film. Indian and Ethiopian food was enjoyed in celebration of Sylvia’s life, and Louise narrated a family slide show and sang some favorite songs, accompanied by David Silverman on piano. Bobbi Bernstein sang some songs in honor of Sylvia, as did Jerry Edwards. Deborah Ramsey sang  “Begin the Beguine,” Meher Baba’s favorite song (which he said had deep spiritual meaning), and Bill Ramsey read a poem he had read to Sylvia a week before she passed. We all remembered Sylvia’s cheerful, loving personality with great fondness.

Louise told how, when she brought Sylvia to her first Meher Baba meeting, someone was reading out quotes from Baba. At the first one, Sylvia leaned over and whispered to Louise, “That’s what I’ve always said.”  Then after the next one, she said to Louise, “I always say that too!” It turned out all of Baba’s quotes that night perfectly matched Sylvia’s philosophy of life. Needless to say she became a Baba-lover.

Jai Baba!

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One Response to Sylvia Roth

  • Thank you Kendra. For those who didn’t know her, Sylvia lived in Myrtle Beach with her husband Bill from 1979 to 1983 and moved back here in 1993. Since Bill’s passing in 2003, she gave more outward expression to her 40 years love for Meher Baba and became better known in the community here — she went from being Louise’s mom to me becoming Sylvia’s daughter!

    She never met Meher Baba and she never went to India, but she has developed over these many years a great love for Baba and held tightly to him throughout her illness “to the very end.”

    We were blessed with frequent visits from our dear Baba family in the last weeks of her illness when she was house bound and we were able to maintain an atmosphere of Baba’s presence.

    And she and Baba picked Silence Day for her return to Him!

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