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.