February 4, 1933 ~ August 15, 2020

Born in: Akron, NY
Resided in: College Station, TX

Sylvia Richards Benedict of College Station, Texas died on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Sylvia was born February 4, 1933, in Akron, New York to John W. and Florence H. Richards. Her family lived in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware where she attended high school. After returning to New York, they resided in Ithaca where Sylvia attended the Cascadilla School and Cornell University. Sylvia met Chauncey R. Benedict (Chan) at Cornell and they were married on August 28, 1954 on campus in Sage Chapel. They settled at Texas A&M in College Station in 1966.

Sylvia was an outstanding homemaker and beloved mother to their daughters, Sarah and Wendy. Sylvia created enduring family traditions, and her eye for detail and talents in the kitchen made the holidays magical. Sylvia’s influence and traditions are part of the fabric of the family and will endure in their lives. She was a tireless seeker of knowledge and reader of fiction, nonfiction, and current events. She instilled a love of reading in both of her daughters. Sylvia engaged in thoughtful conversation about any topic from history to politics to sports — often informing and correcting in equal measure. She was a volunteer in school libraries and served as the first librarian for A&M United Methodist Church in College Station. Sylvia appreciated classical symphony, opera and ballet and regularly attended performances in her younger years. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed knitting and other needlework. For many years she was a part of Wendy’s horseback riding activities, owning and caring for many horses. Sylvia had tremendous love for animals and she raised and cared for numerous dogs and cats. Sylvia was supportive of her husband’s career and her daughters’ interests and families. She was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren as they grew up in College Station.

Sylvia is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Chauncey R. Benedict, of College Station, Texas. She is also survived by her daughter Sarah Benedict Adams and her husband Dr. Sjoerd Adams of College Station, Texas; her daughter Wendy L. Benedict and her husband Dane P. Schneider of Houston, Texas; and her grandchildren, Meredith Adams, of New York City, New York, Philip Adams, of Charlottesville, Virginia and Caroline Adams, of College Station, Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Rosemary Richards Centini, of Ithaca, New York.

Sylvia is predeceased by both of her parents, her brother Dr. John W. Richards, Jr., and her granddaughter, Lydia Claire Adams.

The family wishes to thank Encompass Home Health and Brazos Valley Hospice for their care and especially thank Comfort Keepers of Bryan-College Station for their loving care of Sylvia over the past year.

Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan-College Station. A memorial service is to be held at a future date.

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  1. Sylvia, you were a strong light that shared your love, kindness, generosity, and beauty. I am grateful for you. May you rest in peace.

  2. The opportunity to meet Mrs. Sylvia Benedict never presented itself, but through the friendship and love of Wendy (Dane, Sarah, & Caroline, too), I would say to Wendy, “Tell your mother I said hello.” I share your pain and send my love, prayers, and heartfelt sympathy to you all. May God cover you all with peace and provide the strength needed during your time of sorrow.

  3. My most sincere condolences. She was an amazing, kind and wonderful woman. The world has lost someone who made it a better place.


  4. We are so sorry about your loss. i recently lost my mom and I know what you are going through at this time. The entire family is in our prayers.

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