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Remembering Sydney Hathaway
SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Faith, family, friends, service. The defining characteristics of Sydney Hathaway, according to those who knew her best, and even those who knew her for only a short while but were quickly touched by her energy, intellect and spirit.
The 19-year-old West Brook High School graduate died in a traffic accident Monday in West Texas. She'd completed her first year at Southern Virginia University where she had a full, four year scholarship.
She was preparing to serve a full time mission in Brazil.
The funeral service for the West Brook High School graduate brought overwhelming support to her family.
A large crowd of former classmates, ROTC members and friends, came to honor her life of faith and service to the community.
Hundreds of people filled the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Weaver Drive in Beaumont for her funeral service today. They remembered Sydney as "an incredible bright young lady with a great sense of humor." She enjoyed acting and music, and used those skills to help others.
Sydney was active in the ROTC at West Brook High School. The honor guard paid tribute to the former classmate during her graveside service at Haven of Rest Cemetery on Highway 90 outside of Beaumont. They stood at attention and remained in place from the beginning of the service through the end. Her Mormon faith was the centerpiece of her life, according to those who spoke. They said she had a burning desire to share her knowledge and faith with others. Speakers said whether it was religion, education or simply having fun with family and friends, Sydney had an ability to uplift others.
A longtime friend who served in the ROTC with Sydney and now attends college in Virginia, spoke with KFDM News and shared his memories of her.
"We'd always talk about from Virginia, how we were always together, that we always felt like we were back at home," said Sydney Ally. "Home is where the heart is, and I guess that's where she is now, home. The thing people will remember most is just the pure joy that came with her. I would hardly ever see her without a smile. If she was without one, it didn't take long for her to get one. And the fact that just seeing her, hearing her voice, would literally brighten your day. I think that's what people will remember most about her."
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Missionary Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Weaver Drive in Beaumont.
BEAUMONT - From Broussard's Mortuary
Sydney Taylor Hathaway, 19, of Beaumont, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, in Fort Stockton. She was born on April 25, 1994, in Dayton, Ohio, to Celeste Ann Garcia Hathaway and Patrick Travis Hathaway, and had been a longtime resident of the area.
Sydney was an incredible, bright, young lady with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed acting and music and used these talents to lift others and makes them laugh. She quickly earned the trust and respect of all she met and went out of her way to meet their needs. Sydney was a Marriot scholarship recipient and had completed her freshman year at Southern Virginia University. Sydney lived a Christ centered life and had the desire to share her knowledge and love of the Savior with everyone. She recently received a call to serve a full time mission in Brazil, Fortaleza East; August 21, 2013. She will be sorely missed but her example will continue to touch the lives of those who knew her.
Sydney is survived by her parents, Celeste and Patrick Hathaway of Beaumont; sister, Jori Zimmerman Hathaway and husband, Zachary, of Beaumont; brother, Jaron Hathaway; and sisters, Sierra, Haley, and Savannah Hathaway; and brother, Hayden Hathaway, all of Beaumont; paternal grandmother, Beverly Jane West Hathaway of Dallas; and maternal grandparents, Barbara and Frederick Garcia of Hamilton, Ohio.
A gathering of Sydney's family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., with her funeral service to follow at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7785 Weaver Drive, Beaumont. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Beaumont under the direction of Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Missionary Fund, 7785 Weaver Drive, Beaumont, Texas 77706.