Obituary: Sylvia Umbaugh


Sylvia Joan Umbaugh

February 11, 1938 - September 10, 2021


Sylvia Joan Umbaugh (Kershaw) was born February 11, 1938 to Eva Kershaw in Liverpool, England and passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 in Bellingham at the age of 83.

Sylvia as a young woman boldly moved from England to New York in 1959. There she met and fell in love with Samuel J. Umbaugh. Their adventures included moving to Las Vegas, Colorado, Spokane and eventually Bellingham. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren. She was a bright spot in everyone’s day who she interacted with. Sylvia was a longtime member at the Bellingham Athletic Club where she enjoyed swimming with her adult children and grandchildren. She was a great listener who was always willing to discuss people’s lives with them and to offer encouragement and support. If you had a problem, she was a great place to go to. Sylvia had a great love for singing, dancing, classic cinema and was known for her captivating spirit, vivacious energy, and infectious laughter. She always knew how to have fun!

Sylvia is preceded in death by her mother Eva and husband Sam. She is survived by son Dave (Karlene); daughter Karen (Dave) Monroe; son Phil (Stacy); son Norm (Marlo); son Glenn (Charmaine); numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Enterprise Cemetery in Ferndale at 1 p.m., Monday, October 4, 2021 followed by a Celebration of Life Gathering at 3:30–6 p.m. at Bloedel Donovan Recreation Center next to Lake Whatcom in Bellingham. In appreciation of mom’s flamboyant life and style the family is suggesting wearing bright colors rather that the traditional black if you wish. You are invited to celebrate a life well lived by an incredible woman, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to everyone her life touched. The family is deeply appreciative of the services provided by the Silverado Memory Care Community. Sylvia will always be remembered and will live in our hearts forever. Please share your thoughts and memories of Sylvia online at