Sylvia Lemelin

Sylvia Grey Lemelin

Sunday, September 12th, 1937 - Saturday, December 15th, 2018
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Mrs. Lemelin of Matthews, NC went home to be with her Lord Jesus on December 15, 2018.

Sylvia was born September 12, 1937 to John and Louise “Penny” Pennell. After graduating from Coker College, she became a flight attendant and was based in Boston where she met a pharmacist, Dan Lemelin, who would become her husband and the love of her life.

With the arrival of three sons, her life’s purpose focused on serving her Lord in two main areas: her family and her church. She chose to have a home that was joyful and peaceful and to be intentionally involved in her family’s lives. This would involve attending many ball games: T-ball, baseball, football, basketball, and gymnastics meets. But, more importantly, the life lessons she could instill in their boys on how to follow God’s principles when responding to a referee’s wrong call or remembering how it felt when you missed the “would be” winning basket so you would show compassion in the future to another player, to be honest in all things…. The fruit of their parents’ labors are evidenced today in the lives of three men of integrity.

During these years too, she was using the talents God had given her. She used her beautiful voice to sing in choirs over 50 years. She used the genuine love she had for teenagers to teach them in youth groups at church. With her ability to make them laugh and feel loved, they were drawn to her. She taught them scripture by word and example, listened to their problems and gave wise counsel over 20 years.

She had a unique sense of humor that meant fun and laughter, her gifts to all those around her. Is it any wonder her grandchildren loved their Mimi and she delighted in them. She was a loving sister and a faithful friend who knew how to love unconditionally, a rare and valued gift.

Her parents, her husband, Dan and grandson Dawson Lemelin were waiting in Heaven for her.

Those remaining to carry on her legacy are three sons; Greg Lemelin and , wife Meg, of Kannapolis; Jeff Lemelin and wife, Christina, of Charlotte; Chris Lemelin and wife, Christy of Raleigh; 9 grandchildren; 2 brothers: John Pennell and, wife, Patsy, of South Carolina, and Sam Pennell and wife, Patsy of South Carolina and many nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of Sylvia’s life will be at Calvary Church beginning at 3:00PM, Friday, December 21, 2018. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Calvary Church
5801 Prineville-Matthews Rd
Charlotte, NC 28226

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 21st, 2018 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm
    Friday, December 21st, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
    Calvary Church
    5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
    CHARLOTTE, NC 28226
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  • Service

    Friday, December 21st, 2018 | 3:00pm
    Friday, December 21st, 2018 3:00pm
    Calvary Church
    5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
    CHARLOTTE, NC 28226
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Private Condolence

Andy and Barbea Tripp

Posted at 01:30pm
We were saddened to hear of your mother's passing. May you feel God's presence in the days ahead.
With love,
Andy and Barbea

Herb Riley

Posted at 06:24pm
To the Family of Sylvia,

Sylvia was a beloved resident of our community at the time of her passing. The residents of the Village of Saint Andrews will miss you, Sylvia. We wish the family members love, peace and strength in enjoying your fond memories of Sylvia.

Phyllis Batts

Posted at 01:34pm
Sam and family, I was so sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. I know that must have been hard on you as you two were so close as well as all your family. All the Pennells and your sister and brother and families are so loving and caring, not just for family, but for everyone. I have always felt that love. Please know that the Lord will take care of you during your grief and sorrow. He is always there for you! Much love to each of you.

Carole Sorrell

Posted at 07:51am
My life will never be the same without my "Special" Sylvia to make me laugh...even when it was painful to do so. My heartfelt sympathy to all Sylvia's family and friends.
Love in Christ,
Carole Sorrell
PS: During last semester's Calvary Women's Bible Study, we classmates were assigned the task of choosing a suitable adjective to best describe each other. The adjective had to begin with the first letter of our first name. The class overwhelmingly assigned "SPECIAL" to our dear sister. Indeed!

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